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And Now a Word From the White House

Merrick Garland has been waiting seven months for a Senate hearing, but the president’s advisers say Obama has no regrets about the nomination.

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After President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in March, there was widespread speculation that opposing his confirmation hearings could have political costs for Republican senators. But seven months later, it’s not clear how much the GOP’s continued obstructionism will matter to voters next month. On this episode, we discuss Obama’s handling of the Supreme Court vacancy with White House Counsel Neil Eggleston and Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president.

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We also take a closer look at Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado, an important case about jury bias that was argued at the Supreme Court this week. Jeffrey Fisher, who represented the petitioner, joins us to explain why blatantly racist comments uttered by a juror in a criminal trial should invalidate that trial’s verdict.*

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*Correction, Oct. 18, 2016: Due to a production error, the show notes originally misstated that Jeffrey Fisher represented the plaintiff in Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado. Fisher’s client was the petitioner in the Supreme Court case and the defendant in the original criminal trial.