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Obama Nominates Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 4:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Merrick Garland, a longtime Washington lawyer, is considered a moderate jurist. He currently serves as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. If approved by Congress, he will fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Honoring Justice Scalia

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 2:58 pm (UTC-4)
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“Justice Scalia dedicated his life to the cornerstone of our democracy: the rule of law. Tonight, we honor his extraordinary service to our nation and remember one of the towering legal figures of our time.” President Barack Obama

Scalia Remembered as Wise, Witty & Acerbic

Posted February 15th, 2016 at 10:30 am (UTC-4)
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To say Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s intellectual power left an indelible mark the nation’s highest court doesn’t quite capture his reach. Just note the words used to describe his 29 year career shortly after news of his death on Saturday: “remarkable legacy, colossal consequence, an extraordinary jurist…” He was an unapologetic court conservative, famed for “biting dissents,” as one long-time court watcher put it. Scalia was a “textualist,” interpreting the exact words of the U.S. Constitution, not its inferred intent. Along with his many notable court decisions, Scalia has now been pulled into the current presidential campaign: his death has prompted a partisan debate over which president – the incumbent or the winner of the November vote – should appoint his successor.