Shortly after President Barack Obama announced Merrick Garland as his nomination to be the next Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor, a current Supreme Court justice, released statements calling for more diversity on the court.
According to this article from Time, Justice Sotomayor believes that there is a disadvantage to having a homogenous group of justices. She has said that diversity among justices would allow them to consider and understand issues differently and from unique perspectives.
Although Justice Sotomayor did not specifically target Garland in her comments, some people have spoken out about his nomination and the lack of diversity. President Obama defends his nomination, saying that the focus should instead be on Garland’s experience and talent.