A judge, not a justice, Garland expected to return to cases

Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, smiles as he meets with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, smiles as he meets with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Judge Merrick Garland will soon put on his black judicial robe for the first time in months.

The bad news for President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court is that Garland’s going back to hearing cases at his old job, not the high court.

Garland now joins a small group of people nominated but not confirmed to the Supreme Court, and there’s no script for how to act as an unsuccessful nominee.

Garland stopped hearing cases after being nominated by Obama in March to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

Other judges who have been nominated but not confirmed to the Supreme Court have gone back to their old jobs. But some have also quit.

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