U.S. President Obama announces Judge Garland as Supreme Court nominee at the White House in Washington

Considered twice before, Garland gets call to top court

U.S. President Obama announces Judge Garland as Supreme Court nominee at the White House in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Merrick Garland, the federal appeals court judge picked by President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court, was twice before considered as a nominee for the lifetime job as a justice but passed over when Obama chose Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Garland, 63, has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997 and previously served in the Justice Department under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

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