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Souter Is Outer

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Posted on Apr 30, 2009
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Souter was appointed to the high court in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is reportedly planning to retire from the bench at the end of the court’s current term. Souter’s decision to leave will likely not affect the political balance of the court, as his replacement by President Obama will likely be another liberal-minded justice.

The BBC:

US Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to step down at the end of the court’s current term, US reports say.

The 69-year-old, one of four liberal-leaning judges on the bench, had informed the White House of his decision, media reports said.

Analysts say his retirement is unlikely to affect the balance of the court, which also includes four conservative judges and a centrist.

Justice Souter had no comment on the reports, a court spokeswoman said.

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By youraveragejoe, May 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment

It’s going to be all “change we’ll have to live with”.

Good riddance to Souter, but it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire I’m afraid.

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By Sepharad, May 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

Michael Steele lecturing a Democratic President on not seeking to impose a liberal legacy but one reflective of mainstream America? [pause to wretch] This is Obama’s chance to do something not terribly painful, not even hard, for all of those who voted for him because they believed his “change we can believe in” meant, well, “change”. (Those of us who knew better but voted for the lesser evil don’t expect miracles, but this really should not be hard for him to do. Is Lawrence Tribe still alive?)

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By altara, May 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment
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For a double benefit, President Obama might well nominate Joe Biden for this post.

homer http://www.altara.blogspot.com

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By freepressmyass, May 1, 2009 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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Mark:

My thoughts exactly. Maybe David Addington.

Whatever, we can rest assured that it’s gonna be a real kick in the face.

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By Andy, May 1, 2009 at 3:06 am Link to this comment
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I’m confused: how does posting links to other people’s headline reporting constitute “drilling beneath the headlines?” Your site sucks.

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By Mark E. Smith, May 1, 2009 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

I don’t want to think about it.

The guy who put Geithner and Summers in charge of fixing the economy is gonna appoint a Supreme Court Justice?

If he put the guys who did most to destroy our economy in charge of fixing it, won’t he appoint whoever did the most to destroy our Constitution to the job of interpreting it?

Karl Rove, maybe?

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