- Mitch McConnell doesn't plan hearings or a vote on Merrick Garland for Supreme Court
- Jeffrey Bellin: Strangely, Garland's qualifications have become irrelevant
Jeffrey Bellin is a professor at William & Mary Law School and a former law clerk to Merrick Garland. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)For weeks, Republican Senate leaders have refused to act on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, voices from across the political spectrum are urging those senators to reverse course. Influential conservative Ken Starr's statement is typical, calling Garland "a brilliant jurist who believes in and upholds the rule of law undergirding our constitutional republic." As someone who has worked with and for the judge, I agree; his confirmation would be good for the court and the country.