Supreme Court Nomination: Obama nominates Judge Merrick Garland ignoring Sri Srinivasan
WASHINGTON : President Barack Obama has finally nominated Merrick Garland to the US Supreme Court. The President showered praise on the former appeals court judge and said he was among the sharpest legal minds in the US.
President said his choice deserved a full hearing and Senate confirmation vote. Nonetheless Republicans have said they wouldnâ€™t consider his nomination during the election year. It is going to very difficult to get approval from Congress and the Senate.
This is due to the fact that the Republican leaders have made it apparently clear that vacant high court seat should not be filled until a new president is elected. So despite the nomination, getting the confirmation is going to be a tough job.
Born on November 13 in the year 1952, Garland is native of the Chicago area. He graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. After serving as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, he practiced corporate litigation at Arnold & Porter and worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. In 1995, Garland was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Justice Garland will replace conservative, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month, leaving behind a bitter election-year fight over the future of the court.
After being nominated, Garland choked back tears, calling the nomination “the greatest honor of my life.” He described his grandparents’ flight from anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and his modest upbringing. He said he viewed a judge’s job as a mandate to set aside personal preferences to “follow the law, not make it.”
Despite their opposition to Garland nomination, it will not be easy for GOP to ignore him. A Washington Post report says, â€œâ€¦he has earned the support of GOP leaders in the past. The Senate confirmed Garland 76-23 in 1997 with Republicans splitting 32-23 in favor of confirmation. Though current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley voted against Garland 19 years ago, seven Republicans still in the Senate voted to confirm Garland at the timeâ€¦One of Garlandâ€™s Republican supporters from that confirmation, Senator Orrin Hatch, praised Garland more recentlyâ€.