Michael Chertoff On His Friend And Colleague, Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

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Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, center, shakes hands with President Barack Obama, as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, center, shakes hands with President Barack Obama, as he is introduced as Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Like many U.S. Supreme Court justices and nominees to the high court before him, nominee Merrick Garland is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

He obtained his law degree in 1977, and one of his law school friends — who was one year behind him — is Michael Chertoff. Chertoff went on to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and as the second Secretary of Homeland Security. He and Garland have crossed professional paths over the years, and, he says, have been friends for more than 40 years.

Chertoff joined WBUR’s All Things Considered to share his reaction to Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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