President Barack Obama announces Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Lisa Bernhard has more.
President Barack Obama naming his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His pick: Merrick Garland, the 63-year-old Chief Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Republicans in the Senate have vowed to block any nominee to replace Scalia, saying the next justice should be chosen by Obama's successor. But Obama may have found a candidate lawmakers will find hard to ignore. A former prosecutor, Garland is viewed as a moderate… with a history of drawing Republican support. And at 63 he's older than the typical Supreme Court nominee, which might also entice Senate Republicans into considering his nomination. Garland served in the Justice Dept under former President Bill Clinton, who appointed him to his current post. He is the third Justice nominated by Obama since the president took office.