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NPR.org, April 30, 2009 · NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the court's current term.
The court has completed hearing oral arguments for the year and will be issuing rulings and opinions until the end of June.
Souter is expected to remain on the bench until a successor has been chosen and confirmed, which may or may not be accomplished before the court reconvenes in October.
Originally posted by elitegamer23
i would venture to say we will see another minority on the supreme court now.
Originally posted by jsobecky
reply to post by jdub297
One name you can strike from that list would be Deval Patrick. He is the current governor of Massachusetts ... . The only way he would be considered would be as a favor to Ted Kennedy.
However, Patrick has come under a lot of recent criticism as governor and a SCOTUS opening would provide him an "escape hatch" to avoid facing the electorate in a re-election bid. I wouldn't eliminate him from the list just yet.
I meant to say, if he were nominated it would be a travesty of justice. pardon the pun. He's a useless politician. He disgusts me.
One of the troubling things about having this nomination in Obama's hands is that he has a cockeyed view on what a judge's job is.
Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network says the three most-mentioned potential nominees – Kagan, Wood, and Sotomayor – are all far-left "radicals."
"If Obama holds to his campaign promise to appoint a justice who rules based on her own "deepest values" and what's in her own "heart" – instead of what is in the Constitution and laws – he will be the first American President who has made lawlessness an explicit standard for Supreme Court justices," she says.
Originally posted by dooper
Yeah. We'll exchange one liberal turd for another.
Unless Obama can find a Marxist law school graduate who is black, gay, female, and poor.
I was thinking JP Stevens would go first and then RB Ginsberg.
I wonder if there was any pressure on him to get off the court.
Obama is going to appoint a moderate-liberal woman. (HRC anyone?)