WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland continues to meet with Senators, even though Republican leaders won't allow confirmation hearings to proceed. Garland is the Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court. He graduated from Harvard Law and has worked in private practice and for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Garland met with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on Thursday. Merkley called the judge "thoughtful and knowledgeable," and said delaying his confirmation is having an impact. "It is a direct attack on the integrity of the court, and it’s going to do deep and lasting damage to the integrity of the court." Senator Merkley says the GOP's refusal to hold hearings goes against the Constitution.
In several cases, current Supreme Court Justices have been split on decisions, and decisions by lower courts have been allowed to stand.