Senate won't consider Obama's Supreme Court nominee Garland

WASHINGTON, March 16 (KUNA) — No sooner did US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announce Merrick Garland as nominee for US Supreme Court Justice, as successor to the late Antonin Scalia, the Senate said it would not consider the plans.
As appointments for the position require prior approval from both the president and the Senate, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said that a nominee would only be considered by the president who succeeds Obama after the elections are concluded.
McConnell, a Republican Senator, said that the Senate would “give the people a voice” after a new president is voted in. He also accused Obama of politicizing the affair.
Garland, 63, was described by Obama minutes earlier as a “serious man and exemplary judge” while the US media view him as a “moderate.” He was previously the Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The Supreme Court, which consists of a Chief Justice and eight associate judges, is currently divided between four conservatives and four liberals.
Once appointed, justices have a life tenure unless they resign, retire, take senior status, or are removed after impeachment. (end)