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April 30, 2009

"Souter to retire, NBC-TV reports"

This title of this post is the title of this report at SCOTUSblog by Lyle Denniston.  Here is how it begins:

Justice David H. Souter has decided to retire when the Supreme Court completes its current Term in early summer, the NBC-TV network reported Thursday night.  The 69-year-old jurist, who is completing his 19th year on the Court, has passed word of his plans to others, and the White House has been told, according to the network’s account.  Other news organizations also were reporting that Souter has made his decision not to continue serving.

Anyone want to start throwing out names for the next Justice?

UPDATE:  Lots of links to major media coverage has been assembled here at How Appealing.

April 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM | Permalink


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Souter should stand trial for signing the death warrant of millions of viable third trimester babies, without Fifth Amendment Due Process. He ranks high among 20th Century tyrant mass murderer.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 30, 2009 11:49:57 PM

Supremacy Claus, I'm against abortion, but I doubt the justices actions had much impact on the abotion rate. The best way to combat abortion is not by choosing right-wing lunatics who oppose abortion, but support giving the state the right to murder undesirable citizens. The Justices who defend fundamental rights in the constitution the most happen to be left-leaning.

Abortion rates in countries where abortion is illegal, are relatively similar compared to countries where it is legal(I read it in an article,I'll cite it later). Woman who want to kill their babies will do it regardless of legal status, and will only put their own lives in danger.

Posted by: E | May 1, 2009 12:59:34 AM

If I may get personal, a bit. I invite you to volunteer in an abortion clinic, and to assist in a third trimester abortion. If you still support it, I will respect your opinion, based on knowledge of the procedures.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 1, 2009 1:21:45 AM

I do not have to volunteer in a clinic to know that is wrong. My point is that we must look into the wider picture. We had decades of Republican rule, and it did not change it. Instead we got Justices like Alito and Roberts who are generally in favor of restricting constitutional protetions for individuals. I favor Justices who protect individual liberties more than religious points of views.

Posted by: E | May 1, 2009 2:05:28 AM

For what is worth, my favorite pick for the Supreme Court is Judge Nancy Gertner.

Posted by: E | May 1, 2009 2:22:15 AM

if men could get preganant, you'd sing a different tune.

Posted by: anon | May 1, 2009 10:52:20 AM

If men could get pregnant, I imagine that E would still support Nancy Gertner.

I hope it's Diane Wood.

I fear it'll be someone crazy.

Posted by: anonymous | May 1, 2009 11:18:23 AM

Fromn an intellectual perspective, I think he should nominate Richard Posner or Alex Kozinski. That would certainly liven things up on the Court. It's not going to happen unfortunately, but either of them dominating oral argument surely would be entertaining. Were it not for gender inbalance on the Court, I think Obama would nominate William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit. Otherwise, given Obama's pragmatic nature, I agree that the likely nominee will be one of the women whose name is constantly bandied about by pundits. Without having met any of these women, my choice - based purely on judicial craftmanship - would be Nancy Gertner followed strongly by Diane Wood.

Posted by: Alex | May 1, 2009 1:04:32 PM

I think we need a Supreme Court justice who takes action against hack physicians posting on law blogs.

Posted by: DJ | May 1, 2009 5:28:25 PM

Here is one lawyer sick puppy on the list.


Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 2, 2009 10:58:24 PM

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