March 17, 2016
It has finally happened!!! United States President, Barack Obama nominated Merrick Brian Garland (That’s right I’m saying his full name) to fill Supreme Court vacancy. This transaction occurred on March 16, 2016 and will affect the entire United States Judicial branch.
Merrick is from Chicago, Illinois and is currently 63 years old.”Judge Garland has earned a track record of building consensus as a thoughtful, fair-minded judge who follows the law,” Obama said. Mr. Garland graduated as the valedictorian of Harvard College along with having Summa cum laude in 1974 (But, wait there’s more). Merrick would later graduate magna cum laude from Harvard law school in 1977. Garland has been a partner of a law firm (Arnold & Porter from 1985 to1989), Assistant U.S Attorney (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia), and member of Clinton Administration in 1993 (Deputy Assistant general in the Criminal Division of the U.S Department of Justice). So umm, yeah it would be safe to say Merrick is qualified, considering all this happened in less than 20 years.
Before his nomination, Merrick was a chief judge of the United States court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Garrick has been in this court since 1997, but was actually appointed in 1995 (there was a delay in Senate confirmation). President Obama considered nominating Garland to the Supreme Court in 2009 and 2010, but ended up choosing someone else. Now in 2016, Merrick can finally shine become the newest Supreme Court Justice.
Though there are a few obstacles holding Merrick back. Well, one and if your into politics then you know what I mean. The one thing that would prevent his nomination to become final would be the Senate (Republicans) voting to block him from joining Supreme Court.
There’s only one question to ask: Will the Senate allow Merrick to stay a Justice?