Leaders from Ohio Join Nationwide Effort to Urge Senators to Consider Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland
Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Herb Brown, Cincinnati native and civil rights lawyer Dorian Spence and ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis will deliver the message to their senators that they should act on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland by holding a hearing and a vote. Sen. Sherrod Brown supports confirmation hearings, Sen. Rob Portman does not.
The group will take part in meetings on Capitol Hill, hold a press conference Tuesday morning and will take part in the daily count at the Supreme Court, marking each day that has passed since the nomination of Chief Judge Garland.
WHAT: Ohio advocates take part in Washington, D.C., press conference to tell Senators: #DoYourJob
WHO: Herb Brown, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice
Dorian Spence, counsel, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis
WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street NE
Former Justice Herb Brown explains why he is traveling to Washington, D.C. on this issue: “The US Constitution sets the requirements for filling vacancies on the US Supreme Court. The President nominates; the Senate gives advise and consent. The President did this by nominating Judge Merrick Garland, whose intellect and knowledge of the law are not in question and who has been highly praised by both Republicans and Democrats. Refusal to hold a hearing and refusal to advise and consent on this man not only violates our American sense of fairness, but is a violation of the Constitution which each Senator has sworn to uphold. Further, the obstruction and politicization of this process does irreparable damage to the ability of the Court to fulfill its Constitutional function, compromises the integrity of the Judicial branch, and feeds public distrust in the government itself.”