BALTIMORE, MD – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks today released the following statement after President Barack Obama’s announcement of Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court:
“President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court unquestionably fulfills the President’s Constitutional duty to put forth a well-qualified nominee. Based on what has been shared publicly, Judge Garland brings a wealth of legal and judicial experience as a nominee to the nation’s highest court and we look forward to engaging in a thoughtful and thorough analysis of Judge Garland’s record. As the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP expects nominees to the Supreme Court to possess not only superior legal acumen, but also an acute understanding of, and sensitivity to, how the Court’s decisions impact the diversity of the people and communities across the country and a demonstrated commitment to enforce our nation’s civil rights laws.
“We appreciate the President’s timely action in putting forth a well-qualified nominee and expect the same swift action in the Senate confirmation process. We urge members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to put aside partisanship and obstructionism and fulfill their Constitutional duty. The Committee should give Judge Garland a fair and timely hearing, and the Senate should then give him an up or down vote.
“We urge our members in nearly 2,200 branches across the country to call their U.S. Senators, particularly those on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and demand they move forward expeditiously with a hearing on Judge Garland’s fitness to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
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