For immediate release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2016: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement in response to today’s nomination of United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:

Judge Merrick Garland is an extraordinarily accomplished and highly qualified jurist who will bring thoughtfulness, intellect, and a passionate respect for the law to the nation’s highest court. By nominating a person with unquestioned abilities, enormous intelligence, deep humility, and proven judicial temperament, President Obama has told the nation that he takes seriously his constitutional role to maintain the integrity of the Court. Now, it’s up to Senate Republicans to do their jobs and fairly and promptly consider Judge Garland’s nomination. He has a sterling reputation and there are no reasons, outside of pure obstructionist politics, for not giving him a fair hearing and expeditious confirmation vote. Republicans’ determination to shove aside this highly respected judge, who has devoted his life to public service, shows great disrespect for the Constitution, the nominee, the President, and the American people, who have made plain that they don’t wish the Supreme Court to become yet another casualty of destructive political gamesmanship.

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