WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – President Barack Obama plans to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, multiple sources have confirmed.
Garland, a 63-year-old Harvard Law School graduate, is the chief judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Washington, D.C.
President Bill Clinton named Garland to that court in 1997.
Garland previously served for three years as Principal Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General in the Clinton administration, working alongside Janet Reno.
In the late 1970s, Garland clerked for former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, who has been described as “the driving force behind the writing of Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 decision that struck down pro-life laws across the nation and enshrined abortion as an inalienable constitutional right.
While widely regarded as a “centrist” in judicial terms, his record is far removed from that of Senator Antonin Scalia, who believed the original intent of the Founding Fathers should determine all jurisprudence.
Republican senators have said they will not hold hearings on any nominee Barack Obama may name, regardless of his ideological orientation, because voters deserve to weigh in on the nomination in the 2016 presidential election.