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Obama: Give Supreme Court pick 'respect he has earned'

US Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland looks at President Barack Obama after he announced his nomination in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2016Obama chose 63-year-old centrist judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday for a pivotal vacancy on the high court to replace conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Republicans fear Garland will tip the court’s even balance toward liberals and have vowed to refuse him even a Senate confirmation hearing, with hopes that a Republican will take the White House in November’s election and appoint the next justice.

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