Judge Merrick Garland called President Obama’s decision to nominate him for the critical ninth seat on the Supreme Court the "greatest honor of his life" and said he is "grateful beyond words" for a chance to serve as a justice.
North Carolina's top judge says he'll keep working for the next eight years to carry out his platform of court efficiency and timely justice as he did in leading the state court system the previous four months.
A standing room-only crowd of judges, five former chief justices, Gov. Pat McCrory and well-wishers of Chief Justice Mark Martin attended his installation ceremony Monday in the courtroom of the Supreme Court. Others watched video feeds at two remote locations in Raleigh.
A new District Court judge appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory was previously reprimanded for professional misconduct by the North Carolina State Bar.
McCrory on Monday appointed Michael A. Stone of Raeford to a state judicial seat in Hoke County.