Jewish Democrats Applaud Jewish SCOTUS Nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland

March 16, 2016

Washington D.C. - This morning, President Barack Obama announced his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland. The National Jewish Democratic Council applauded the President’s nominee, who is highly respected on both sides of the aisle.

Greg Rosenbaum, Chair of the NJDC Board of Directors, stated,

“We are pleased to see the president formally nominate Chief Judge Merrick Garland, whom I have known well for 47 years, to the Supreme Court.

“Merrick’s qualifications for the appointment are uncontestable. For 19 years he has served as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second most powerful court in the nation.  He was named Chief Judge of that court in 2013. Before becoming a judge, Merrick was a top Justice Department official who directed the government's prosecution of domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the 1994 Oklahoma City bombing and supervised the investigation of "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski. He attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated with high honors. His combination of experience shows he is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

“Since our days as classmates at Harvard, I have watched him excel at everything in which he involves himself. Merrick is an individual of outstanding intelligence and unassailable integrity and it is hard to imagine what better qualifications one would want in a Supreme Court Justice.

“In putting forward a nominee, President Obama is fulfilling his constitutional duty. We hope that the Senate will do its job, and move quickly to consider and confirm Judge Garland. As President Reagan said when he nominated the future Justice Kennedy in 1988, ‘the Federal judiciary is too important to be made a political football. I would hope, and the American people should expect… for the Senate to get to work and act.’ We call on all members of the Senate to do their job and consider the president’s nominee. We strongly believe Judge Merrick Garland deserves a seat on the Supreme Court and his nomination should be confirmed.”