Friday, May 1, 2009

Souter to Step Down

Souter known as low-key, fierce defender of individual rights

CNN — David who? was the initial reaction of Americans to a little-known judge from New Hampshire named in 1990 to sit on the nation's highest court. Even the nominee didn't know what to think when President George H.W. Bush called him with the news, telling supporters, "I was in a state of virtual shock."
David Hackett Souter had only been on a federal appeals court bench for a few months when he was tapped to replace liberal lion William Brennan, a choice many Republicans hoped would move the high court rightward and reshape American law.
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List of Obama's Possible Picks for Supreme Court

Fox News — President Obama is believed to have had a short list to replace Supreme Court Justices David Souter.
One possibility is the current U.S. Solicitor General, Elena Kagan. She's a former law professor at Obama's alma mater, Harvard University.
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Souter's Votes May Ease Conservative Anxieties

Washington Post — Editor's Note: This article first appeared in The Post on May 28, 1991. We republish it as part of our RePosted feature, where we dig through the Post archives to find pieces that shed light on current events.
Justice David H. Souter's moderate-sounding testimony at his confirmation hearings last September left some conservatives nervous about whether they were getting the judicial hard-liner they had been promised.
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