President Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland says fidelity to the law and the Constitution has been the cornerstone of his professional life. He’s promising to bring that same principle to the high court if confirmed.

This photo provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit shows Chief Judge Merrick Garland in 2013, in Washington. (U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit via AP)
This photo provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit shows Chief Judge Merrick Garland in 2013, in Washington. (U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit via AP)

Garland was visibly emotional as he accepted President Barack Obama’s nomination in the White House Rose Garden with his family watching. He says being nominated by President Barack Obama is the greatest honor of his life, other than marrying his wife. He says there could be no higher public service in his view.

Garland says judges must put aside their personal views and preferences, and follow the law instead of making it. He says that’s a hallmark of the judge he’s tried to be for the last 18 years.

Garland is currently the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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