Merrick Garland is no liberal. His rulings tend to be down the middle of the road. A former prosecutor he has often sided with the prosecution, “In 2010, SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein noted, “Judge Garland rarely votes in favor of criminal defendants’ appeals of their convictions…” But he is also known as a consensus builder, as someone who can’t help bridge the partisan divides of a court. He has been approved by both Republicans and Democrats when he was nominated to his current position as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.