Judge Garland Could Bring New Consensus To High Court

By Natalie Rodriguez (March 16, 2016, 9:15 PM EDT) -- Should D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland manage to get through the highly contentious U.S. Supreme Court nomination process before him, the "judges' judge" would bring a calming voice and a penchant for inquisitive questioning that could build new consensus among the high court, despite his slightly left-of-center bent on some issues, several experts contend.

Those who have known Judge Garland throughout the various stages of his legal careers often echo each other in remembering him: He was "the law students' law student," the "lawyers' lawyer" and the "judges' judge." Many also noted his "brilliant mind" and "wonderful temperament," which...

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