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Merrick Garland on Government Reform

 

 


Faithful administration of FOIA essential to our democracy

Garland began his remarks by emphasizing that "[t]he principles of open government and democratic accountability are at the heart of who we are as public servants and as Americans." He further stated that "[w]ithout accountability, democracy is impossible. And democratic accountability requires the kind of transparency that the FOIA makes possible. That's why faithful administration of the FOIA is essential [to] American democracy."
Source: 2021 Biden Administration: FOIA Awards , Mar 16, 2021

The rule of law is the foundation of our democracy

Garland: The rule of law is not just some lawyer's turn of phrase. It is the very foundation of our democracy. The essence of the rule of law is that like cases are treated alike, that there not be one rule for Democrats and another for Republicans; one rule for friends, another for foes; one rule for the powerful, another for the powerless; one rule for the rich and another for the poor; or different rules depending upon one's race or ethnicity.
Source: Democracy Now blog on 2021 Biden Cabinet , Jan 8, 2021

The rule of law is the foundation of our democracy

Garland: The rule of law is not just some lawyer's turn of phrase. It is the very foundation of our democracy. The essence of the rule of law is that like cases are treated alike, that there not be one rule for Democrats and another for Republicans; one rule for friends, another for foes; one rule for the powerful, another for the powerless; one rule for the rich and another for the poor; or different rules depending upon one's race or ethnicity.
Source: Democracy Now on 2021 Biden Administration , Jan 8, 2021

Preference for open & transparent government, like FOIA

One area of the law that comes regularly before the D.C. Circuit is the Freedom of Information Act and similar provisions related to transparency in government. Judge Garland's rulings reflect a preference for open government. Including:
Source: SCOTUSblog.com on 2016 SCOTUS confirmation hearings , Apr 26, 2010

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