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JAS: Keep Partisan Politics Out of Process for Filling Court Vacancy

washington-supreme-court-building-washington-d-c-dc169Upon President Obama’s announcement today of his nomination of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice at Stake called for keeping partisan politics out of the process for filling the vacancy.

“In this heated political season, it is absolutely critical that we work to keep partisan politics out of the process for filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, said JAS Executive Director Susan Liss. “The Senate has a constitutional duty to provide advice and consent in this process, and we expect the Senate to do its job and fulfill that obligation.”

“We have seen an alarming trend toward politicized judicial selection in all our courts, from the states to Washington, D.C. Respect for the Supreme Court must not be compromised by partisan wrangling. The stakes are too high.”

“As Chief Justice Roberts wrote in an opinion last year, ‘The judiciary’s authority … depends in large measure on the public’s willingness to respect and follow its decisions.’ Public trust in our courts is crucial for a society governed by the rule of law, and that trust can only be maintained when courts are insulated from partisan political influence.”

Justice at Stake neither supports nor opposes any nominee or candidate for any judicial post.

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