Federal judge dismisses attempt to force vote
on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland
by William Thiesen
November 18, 2016
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia[official website] dismissed a lawsuit [order, PDF] on Thursday, effectively ending a long-shot attempt to force Congress to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The lawsuit was filed by Steven Michel, an attorney based in New Mexico [profile], who claimed Congress’ inaction on the nomination resulted in a “violat[ion of] his Seventeenth Amendment [PHP image] right to elect his senators by depriving his home-state senators of a voice in the Senate.” District Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled in favor of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [official website], writing that the plaintiff failed to prove a “concrete and particularized injury” as a result of Congress’ inaction. “The injury must be of individual concern; it is not enough for a party to show an undifferentiated, general interest common to all members of the public,” Contreras wrote in the memorandum. The ruling is likely to be the final attempt to force a vote on Garland before President-elect Donald Trump assumes office on January 20, at which time he is expected to nominate his own choice for candidate to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia [JURIST report].
Good Grief, if it’s not the Congress Woman from California then it is transgender, now this. I am so tired of these foolish wasteful, childish efforts by adults that should know better. Courts are backed up enough on serious issues, why in the world was this even filed? How many more idiot statements, filings, or garbled chatter are going to clog the chambers in congress, courts, or in MSM during the last gasping hours of a terrible almost half century of progressive, socialist stupidity I wonder?