Remember Him? Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Returns To Bench As Judge

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January 18, 2017 4:03 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has put on his judge’s robes again.

Garland stopped hearing cases last March after he was nominated to fill the seat of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. But after Republicans blocked Garland’s confirmation it was announced in mid-December that the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit would again begin hearing cases.

There was no mention Wednesday during nearly three hours of argument that Garland was participating in his first cases in 11 months.

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce his choice to join the court within about two weeks after his inauguration Friday.

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