President Barack Obama has made his pick! On March 16, Barack nominated federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia as the next Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court!
Introducing Merrick Garland! The 63-year-old judge is ready for the big leagues, according to President Barack Obama, 54. The leader of the free world has picked Merrick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court!
Despite all the hollering and protests from Congressional Republicans, Barack Obama decided to fulfill his role as president of the United States by — gasp! — doing his job. That meant nominating Merrick on March 16 as a replacement Justice, per the New York Post, since Antonin Scalia death on Feb. 13, 2016 left a vacancy on the highest court in the land. While announcing his pick, Barack called Merrick “one of America’s sharpest legal minds,” and that the judge was “uniquely prepared to serve immediately.”
Merrick is the chief justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Having served 19 years on the court often considered the second-most powerful in the nation, per Think Progress, Merrick has seen many cases involving federal policy and national security matters. This is probably why Obama thinks Merrick is the perfect choice for the Supreme Court.
The judge may also have some experience for the months-long headache he’s about to endure. Merrick was nominated to the Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton, 69, in 1995. He wasn’t confirmed to the job until 1997, after Bill’s reelection. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 74, released a statement just hours after Scalia’s death, saying that the “vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President,” according to CNN.
Plus, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, 46, said, “The President has absolutely every right to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, but Congress as an equal branch also has every right not to confirm someone.” Merrick possibly waiting forever to finally get confirmed? It really is the 1990’s all over again!
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 16, 2016
— American Progress (@amprog) March 16, 2016
Born and raised in Chicago, Merrick graduated from Harvard Law School with honors. He clerked for Justice William Brennan and held senior roles in the Justice Department. If confirmed, Merrick would be the oldest rookie Supreme Court Justice since Lewis Powell’s nomination in 1972, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Merrick is considered a “moderate,” with a relatively conservative record on criminal justice. He even oversaw the case involving the Oklahoma City bombing, the tragic 1995 terrorist attack that killed 168 people. Perhaps that might convince the GOP congress to confirm him?
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