Bennet said the Senate must decide
By Tony Flesor
LAW WEEK COLORADO
With the recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the country waits on the U.S. Senate to decide on whether to approve President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the vacant justice seat.
Colorado’s own Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet joined DU Sturm College of Law faculty and students on Thursday to discuss the nomination process and offer his views on the Senate’s duty in the situation. Bennet said he made the unusual speaking appearance at the law school with hopes that law students and lawyers, as officers of the court, will raise their voices on the issue.
Throughout the presentation, Bennet showed his frustration with and disapproval of his colleagues’ firm stand against the president by refusing to have a hearing for Garland.
The act, according to Bennet, is a purely political one. In his point of view, Garland is a politically moderate choice for the Senate, and any nomination that came at the back end of the election would likely be much more in line with the incoming president’s party. And waiting for a lame duck Senate to appoint a new justice would be an even greater error, he said.