Leaders of Connecticut legal profession push for Senate hearing on Garland


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A big push today from leaders of the Connecticut legal profession for the U.S. Senate to give President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court vacancy a public hearing. The Republican Senate leadership says the vacancy should not be filled until after the American public has been heard, after the Presidential election.

A legal scholar from the Yale Law School says if Republicans really want the American public to decide if the President’s pick for the Supreme Court should go forward, then they should at least have a hearing on TV and the internet, so they can hear what he has to say even if they don’t take a vote til after the election.

“The American people, after we have a hearing, could actually pick up the phone or send and e-mail or twitter,” said Prof. Akhil Amar.

Professor Amar of the Yale Law School joined Senator Dick Blumenthal and others in the Connecticut legal profession today urging that the Senate move forward on the Merrick Garland nomination.

“Our message to the Republican leadership of the United States Senate is essentially; do your job,” said Sen. Dick Blumenthal (D-Connecticut).

“To be fully effective and to insure the highest level of access to justice, the Supreme Court needs a full complement of justices,” added Atty. Monty Frank, the President-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Watching all this were two high school politics and government classes on a State Capitol tour and whose instructors said were concentrating this week on the Supreme Court nominee stalemate.

“They should at least have a hearing to recognize Merrick Garland as a nominee, perhaps postpone the vote, but I think they should at least consider him,” said Bulkely High School Senior Amber Smith.

“I know that the Republican Party are having a resistance because Obama’s in his ‘lame duck’ presidential period, the eleventh hour of his presidency, but at the same time the presidency is a four year term not a 3-and-a-half year or a 3-and-a-quarter,” said Windsor High School Senior Nathan Nugent.

“Politics becomes so polarized and people put their feet down and don’t really want to budge and they don’t want to talk and talking is really important to see both sides so that’s why I believe that the hearings should go ahead,” said Windsor High School Senior Elena Peters.

Reporters note; Maybe some of the adults in Washington should be listening to these young people.

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