Liz Adetiba writes, "The American Bar Association has given its highest rating to Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
In a report sent to the Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday, the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary deemed Garland 'well qualified' to serve on the court. To merit the rating, the committee must find that the nominee has 'outstanding legal ability and exceptional breadth of experience, and meet the very highest standards of integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament.'
As a nonpartisan organization, the ABA maintained that the rating was not based on political affiliation or ideology.
The ABA Standing Committee interviewed hundreds of legal professionals who have worked with Garland, and the overwhelming majority had nothing but praise for him.
One commenter remarked, 'Garland is the best that there is. He is the finest judge I have ever met. There is no one who is his peer.'
Another suggested, 'He may be the perfect human being.'
Of the eight justices who currently serve on the Supreme Court, only Justice Clarence Thomas received an ABA rating lower than 'well qualified' upon being nominated."