Another Advocacy Group Throws Its Support Behind Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

The Alliance for Justice says Merrick Garland is "highly qualified" to serve on the high court.
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is still awaiting a hearing.
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is still awaiting a hearing.

Alliance for Justice joined the growing list of advocacy groups pressuring the Senate to hold hearings on Chief Judge Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The group launched an interactive website on Tuesday called "The Garland Record" that details Garland's judicial decision-making. 

AFJ concluded that "on the merits, Judge Garland is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court" in a 102-page evaluation of his record, which was released as a separate document last week.

Earlier this month, two prominent civil rights organizations evaluated Garland's record on pertinent civil rights issues. The evaluation focused on issues such as employment discrimination, equal rights to housing and criminal justice. The organizations found Garland to be “exceptionally highly qualified" and called for an “immediate” and “prompt” Senate hearing.

While AFJ's report takes a slightly more comprehensive look into Garland's record, it reaches the same conclusion: "[T]here is no legitimate basis for the Senate to deny him full and fair consideration."

The Supreme Court seat has been vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February. Many Senate Republicans have opposed hearing Garland, or any nominee, during President Barack Obama's last year in office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are leading the opposition.

"Throughout his judicial career, Judge Garland has demonstrated extraordinary intellect, fairness, humility, and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law," the report said.



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