Supreme Court nominee formed lasting bonds at Harvard

FILE - In this March 17, 2016, file photo, Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From his first days at Harvard, Garland's classmates pegged him as a star. Smartest guy in the room, self-confident, easy-going and thoughtful are some of the compliments they still pay him 40 years later. For Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the bonds formed at Harvard College and Harvard Law School have stayed with him and come into play during a career in private practice, as a prosecutor and on the bench. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)BOSTON (AP) — From his first days at Harvard, Merrick Garland’s classmates pegged him as a star. Smartest guy in the room, self-confident, easygoing and thoughtful are some of the compliments they still pay him 40 years later.

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