Fmr. US Atty: Appoint Supreme Court justice before Obama leaves office

Steve Dettelbach was in Youngstown Friday morning for an Ohio Democratic Party event

Steve Dettelbach, former U.S. Attorney.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio is weighing in on the debate over appointing a new Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steve Dettelbach was in Youngstown Friday morning for an Ohio Democratic Party event.

President Obama nominated Federal Judge Merrick Garland to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia two months ago but Republicans in the U.S. Senate, including Ohio’s Rob Portman, have said they won’t hold a vote on the appointment until after the next president takes office.

Dettelbach says there is no reason to wait until after President Obama leaves office.

“You used to say that the plain language of the Constitution was what we ought to look at. Well, this issue isn’t plain language…This is plain math, four years is four years no matter what anybody says.”

Dettlebach says he was the president’s classmate at Harvard Law School and was an Obama appointee as U.S. Attorney. He now works in private practice in the Cleveland area.

Leaders with Senator Portman’s re-election campaign say both then-Senators Barrack Obama and Joe Biden spoke out about filling seats on the Supreme Court during the final months of a presidency.

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