33 Facts About Merrick Garland

1. Merrick Garland has two daughters, Beckie and Jessie Garland, with his wife Lynn Rosenman Garland.

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2. Merrick Garland thought all of these regulations were legal, which tells us two things.

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3. Merrick Garland never heard the case about Washington gun laws from the bench, and so he never voted on it.

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4. Judge Merrick Garland was the only dissenter in a 2002 case striking down an illegal, job-killing EPA regulation that would have, in the majority's words, forced businesses "to spend millions of dollars for new technology that will have no appreciable effect" on haze in the area.

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5. In this statement, JCN claimed that Merrick Garland was "the only dissenter in a 2002 case striking down an illegal, job-killing [Environmental Protection Agency] regulation" known as the haze rule:.

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6. Judge Merrick Garland already has the backing of the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation and opposition from pro-life groups.

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7. On March 16, 2016 Merrick Garland finally received the nomination for the Supreme Court after the demise of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

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8. Merrick Garland went to Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois and graduated from there as the class valedictorian.

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9. Merrick Garland is an American federal judge and is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Apeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997.

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10. Merrick Garland married his wife, Lynn Rosenman Garland, in 1987, according to the New York Times announcement.

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11. Merrick Garland said Wednesday while speaking in the Rose Garden after he was announced as the nominee that his parents immigrated to the United States to escape anti-Semitism.

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12. Merrick Garland was born and raised in Lincolnwood, Illinois, according to his wedding announcement in the New York Times.

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13. Merrick Garland continues to serve on the US Court of Appeals, but he came to national attention when he was considered a possible candidate for the US Supreme Court vacancy when Justice John Paul Stevens retired in 2010.

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14. In 1979, Merrick Garland was named special assistant to the US attorney general for the US Department of Justice.

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15. Merrick Garland was born on November 13, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois.

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16. Merrick Garland has not always slammed the door on appeals from Gitmo.

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17. Orrin Hatch in 1997 asserting that Merrick Garland will not be an "activist" judge.

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18. In 2003, Merrick Garland was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers, completing the unexpired term of Deval Patrick, who had stepped down from the board.

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19. Merrick Garland served as co-chair of the administrative law section of the District of Columbia Bar from 1991 to 1994.

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20. Merrick Garland was considered twice to fill vacated seats on the United States Supreme Court in 2009 and 2010 before finally being nominated in 2016 by President Barack Obama for the seat left vacant by the death of conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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21. In 2010, Merrick Garland wrote the decision for a unanimous court in favor of an Interior Department employee who brought a religious-discrimination claim after the Interior Department refused to allow her to work weekdays rather than Sunday, when she wished to attend church and Bible study.

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22. In 2002, Merrick Garland joined a unanimous court in ruling for two federal prisoners who were denied the right to consume communion wine.

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23. Merrick Garland has addressed a number of religious freedom cases while on the DC Circuit, although several of these have been decided on procedural grounds.

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24. Merrick Garland found the regulation to be facially overbroad and not narrowly tailored.

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25. Merrick Garland wrote that the suit should be allowed to proceed because "no act of Congress and no judicial precedent" immunized the contractors from tort liability, the Federal Tort Claims Act specifically excludes contractors, and tort liability would not interfere with government operations.

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26. As of 2016, Merrick Garland had only written fifteen dissents in his two decades on the court, fewer than his colleague Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote some 17 dissents over the previous decade.

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27. Merrick Garland has been described by Nina Totenberg and Carrie Johnson of NPR as "a moderate liberal, with a definite pro-prosecution bent in criminal cases".

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28. On December 1, 1995, Merrick Garland received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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29. Merrick Garland offered to lead the trial team, but could not because he was needed at the Justice Department headquarters.

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30. Merrick Garland insisted on being sent to Oklahoma City in the aftermath of that attack to examine the crime scene and oversee the investigation in preparation for the prosecution.

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31. In 1993, Merrick Garland joined the new Clinton administration as deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.

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32. Merrick Garland was special assistant to Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti from 1979 to 1981.

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33. Merrick Garland wrote his 235-page honors thesis on industrial mergers in Britain in the 1960s.

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