Time: 11:32 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama talked to the law students and the University of Chicago Law Faculty and addressed them not only as future lawyers, but also as custodians of our democracy. Obama talked about Supreme Court nomination and the Constitutional right of the president to nominate. But, Obama talked about the broken process of the judges’ nomination as his last nominee for the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland would get Senate hearing.
“If you are starting into getting the situation in which the process of appointing judges is so broken, is so partisan that a imminently qualified jurist cannot even get a hearing. Then, we are going to see the kind of sharp partisan polarization that have come to polarized our electoral politics, seeping entirely into the judicial system and the courts will be just an extension of our legislature, our elections and our politics,” Obama said.
Process of polarization influences the integrity of the judicial branch. “That erodes the institutional integrity of the judicial branch. At that point, people loose confidence in the ability of the courts to fairly adjudicate cases in controversies,” Obama said.
Obama, who was a law professor at the University of Chicago before getting into the politics warned that our democracy cannot afford that and that the system is designed to make sure judicial branch works.
“It is not just matter who is occupying that night seat in the Supreme Court, it has to do how we as a democracy operate and the particular authority that the court has to bring in order our democracy to work,” Obama said.
Obama explained that especially during his administration, “we start to see six months pass before, or nine months pass before a judge to get a hearing.” Then, the crisis happen in vacancies across districts and circuits everywhere. “Finally, the Democrats said we are ending the ability for senate members to filibuster when it comes to district court and appellate court judges, but we are going to preserve for the Supreme Court,” Obama said.
President on Thursday returned to the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught constitutional law and talked on his argument on why the Senate should give a hearing to Garland after Republicans opinion until know it not to even consider a nominee after the general election.