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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has a record of restraint, not activism - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesSupreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has a record of restraint, not activismLos Angeles TimesJudge Merrick Garland may well be the most moderate Supreme Court nominee anyone could expect from a Democratic president, but he's also a justice who could create the first liberal majority on the high court in more than 40 years. That explains why ...Your Friday Briefing: Merrick Garland, European Union, FlintNew York TimesObama: Refusal To Consider Nominee Damages Public's Faith In The JudiciaryNPRHow the Merrick Garland nomination explains the rise of Donald TrumpThe Week MagazinePolitico -Arkansas Online -Boston Herald -Salonall 438 news articles »

Judge Merrick Garland may well be the most moderate Supreme Court nominee anyone could expect from a Democratic president, but he's also a justice who could create the first liberal majority on the high court in more than 40 years.

That explains why President Obama, Senate Democrats and liberal activists are convinced Garland, a superbly qualified judge with a cautious, centrist record, deserves a hearing and a confirmation vote.

And it's why Republicans and conservative activists are just as fiercely determined to block him.

One vote can make an enormous difference on a court that frequently splits 5 to 4 on important social questions. If the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative, is replaced by a moderate-to-liberal Justice Garland, the court would tip to the left on several key issues, like abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty, gun control, campaign spending, immigration and environmental protection.

Legal analysts are now dissecting

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