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  Obama to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court
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Last EditedRP  Mar 16, 2016 10:45am
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AuthorReena Flores, Rebecca Shabad
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News DateWednesday, March 16, 2016 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCBS News' Jan Crawford confirms that President Obama will announce Wednesday morning that he is nominating U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick B. Garland for the Supreme Court seat once occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Garland currently serves as the chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a post he took over in 2013. He has served on the D.C. appellate court since 1997, when he was nominated to the bench by former President Bill Clinton. He was confirmed with a 76-23 vote.

This is not the first time Garland, who hails from President Obama's home in Chicago, has been considered for a Supreme Court seat. Following the 2010 retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens from the Supreme Court, Garland's name was also floated for the nomination. The seat was eventually filled by Associate Justice Elena Kagan, then the Solicitor General.
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