Obama Selects His Supreme Court Pick

photo courtesy of  thehill.com

photo courtesy of thehill.com

President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday, March 16th morning. In a speech in the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised Garland as “One of America’s sharpest legal minds.” Garland is the chief judge for the Washington, D.C. appeals court, appointed by President Bill Clinton, reported CNN.com

“I’ve selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence,” Obama stated in a Rose Garden announcement. “Today, I am nominating Chief Judge Merrick Brian Garland to join the Supreme Court,” according to USAToday.com

If confirmed by the Senate, Garland would replace the conservative wall Antonin Scalia, adding to the delicate balance on the court that could impact decisions on abortion, the death penalty, gun control and voting rights. “This is the greatest honor of my life, other than Lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago,” Garland said, reported USAToday.com

“The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. “The next president may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filing of this vacancy,” stated LAtimes.com