Denied Obama pick Garland returns to old job
Judge Merrick Garland will soon put on his black judicial robe for the first time in months. The bad news for President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court is that Garland’s going back to hearing cases at his old job, not the high court.
Garland now joins a small group of people nominated but not confirmed to the Supreme Court, and there’s no script for how to act as an unsuccessful nominee. As the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Garland stopped hearing cases after being nominated by Obama in March to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. Garland’s chances of getting confirmed evaporated with Donald Trump’s election as president, and the judge is expected to return to the bench at the federal courthouse on Washington’s Constitution Avenue.