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  • Red State's Eric Erickson Writes That Judge Souter Is A "Goat F****** Child Molester"

    08/09/2015 8:18:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | 5/01/09 | John Amato
    <p>Eric Erickson (@ewerickson), Editor-in-Chief of RedState didn't just toss off that gem. He wrote it, then deleted it, then re-wrote and re-sent it adding the proper hashtags ("LMRM" = Let Me Repeat Myself, "TCOT" = Top Conservatives on Twitter, "RS" = RedState). Made sure he got it just right. See for yourself.</p>

    07/06/2012 5:58:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 5, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Washington Post reports that Mitt Romney plans to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding some veteran operatives. However, Romney apparently has no plans to change his inner circle. As longtime senior Romney senior aide Tom Rath put it: ..................................................... Rath was instrumental in David Souter’s elevation to the Supreme Court. ......................................................... But Rath’s own words show that he didn’t make a mistake. Instead, as demonstrated below, he promoted Souter for the Supreme Court knowing full well what kind of Justice his old friend would be.
  • David Souter at Harvard: Wrong on the Constitution

    06/02/2010 2:16:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeJen · 8 replies · 882+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | Wednesday, 02 June 2010 | John Anderson
    David Souter, although retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, is still espousing liberal ideas which contradict the Constitution and the intentions of our founding fathers, as he did in the commencement address he recently gave at Harvard. "We want order and security, and we want liberty. And we want not only liberty but equality as well. These paired desires of ours can clash, and when they do a court is forced to choose between them, between one constitutional good and another one. The court has to decide which of our approved desires has the better claim, right here, right now,...
  • Kelo Court vs. 2010 Supremes: A Vast Improvement -- for now [vanity]

    04/24/2010 11:30:13 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 5 replies · 342+ views
    During 0-bama's State of Disunion, he used his congress-rats to help gang up on the Supreme Court. Alito was flailed for mouthing "not true". It was an ugly day for us conservatives, and it was also a confusing day for at least one former leftist, a friend of mine who had turned from being a Hillary supporter to a Ron Paul supporter. [A way yet to go, I admit -- but excellent headway for a 2nd generation yellow-dog.] But 0 did manage to confuse him. Our 'evil' supreme court now schemes to "allow funnelling of foreign money". He's now completely...
  • Souter to speak at Harvard's commencement (barf alert)

    02/08/2010 10:10:55 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 248+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 8, 2010
    Retired Supreme Court justice David H. Souter will be the principal speaker at Harvard University's commencement this spring, the college said today. Souter, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School, served on the high court from 1990 until June 2009. While a member of the court, he emerged as a crucial defender of abortion rights and the separation of church and state. “During his years on the nation’s highest court, Justice Souter approached the vital work of judging with a deep sense of independence and fairness, a close attention to the facts of each case, and a clear concern...
  • Supreme Court's Souter has Locked History Away (Papers won't be released for 50 years)

    09/03/2009 8:06:02 AM PDT · by RaiderRose · 18 replies · 599+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Aug. 31, 2009 | Editorial
    For a historian, newly retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter seems exasperatingly shortsighted. He didn’t want cameras filming the court’s public business during his 19 years on the nation’s highest tribunal. Now, he doesn’t want scholars prying into his papers for 50 years. Who’ll be around by then who knew him?
  • Sotomayor For Souter Is Not An Even Trade

    08/10/2009 6:52:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 981+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 10, 2009 | DAVID S. BRODER
    When Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was explaining his decision to become one of the nine Republicans to support the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, he said it was made easier because she would not alter the ideological balance on the Supreme Court. Having her replace Justice David Souter, a regular member of the liberal bloc, would not tilt the court further in that direction, he said. With all due respect to a senator I very much admire, I think he may underestimate the impact of having Sotomayor on the high court. Certainly, there is a world of difference...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Final 3 Cases on Monday

    06/28/2009 2:22:47 PM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 869+ views ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2009 | staff
    WASHINGTON – A closely watched discrimination lawsuit by white firefighters who say they have unfairly been denied promotions is one of three remaining Supreme Court cases awaiting resolution Monday.The court also will say goodbye to Justice David Souter who has announced he will retire "when the court rises for the summer recess." The court intends to finish its work for the summer that day, Chief Justice John Roberts said. Sonia Sotomayor, nominated to take Souter's place, was one of three appeals court judges who ruled that officials in New Haven, Conn., acted properly in throwing out firefighters' promotions exams because...
  • Update SCOTUS Easterling et al resubmitted today-Application for stay(Stay of Souter's replacement)

    06/04/2009 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Man50D · 4 replies · 686+ views ^ | June 4, 2009 | Dr. Orly Taitz
    A stay has been requested to fill Justice Souter's seat until Obama's eligibility for President has been determined. The link shows the image of the document submitted by Dr. Orly Taitz to Justice Souter. This lady is tenacious. She's not giving up and neither should anyone else who believes BO has usurped the Constitution.
  • "Good Riddance" to Retiring Supreme Court Justice Souter

    06/01/2009 8:31:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 873+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | June 1, 2009 | Family Research Council
    Nineteen years on the U.S. Supreme Court and David Souter retires like Rodney Dangerfield: He gets no respect. When the liberal press does praise him, it’s for his logic. Really? Let’s parse the premier sample of his logic. He’s credited with the co-authorship of what has been termed the “Mystery of Life” passage in the 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Justice Scalia has made wicked sport of this passage. “Ah, the...
  • Souter's Replacement (different take on SCOTUS vacancy)

    05/18/2009 7:00:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 665+ views
    If this analysis is correct, the widely shared assumption that Justice Powell received substantial deference from his colleagues in this area has a rational economic explanation. We tested the Powell business deference/expertise hypothesis by looking at the proportion of important securities and corporate cases assigned to him during his tenure on the Court. As a proxy for the importance of cases decided by the Court, we looked at opinions that found their way into the casebooks. Specifically, we looked at thirty-eight currently used case books on Corporations, Business Associations, Securities Regulation, and Corporate Finance. For each casebook, we counted the...
  • Oh-Oh !! Inside Scoop From Russian FSB !!

    05/14/2009 7:10:45 AM PDT · by mrmeangenes · 25 replies · 1,143+ views
    Repubx ^ | 05/14/09 | vanity
    Did you know SC Justice Souter decided to resign rather than approve the wave of martial law excesses planned for this Fall ? Who says so ? Why, according to the well-informed Orly Taitz website, the information is straight from the hitherto impenetrable files of Russia's FSB (successor to the KGB) !!
  • Obama needs a neutral justice

    05/10/2009 8:46:46 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | Sun, May. 10, 2009 | John Yoo
    Justice David H. Souter's retirement from the Supreme Court will open a window into whether President Obama is truly a coolheaded, moderate technocrat, as claimed by Democrats, or a standard-bearer for some of the left's most extreme ideas, as claimed by Republicans. The stakes are high - the nine justices set national law on divisive issues such as affirmative action, abortion, and religion. But Obama's choice will not shift the court's balance of power, which is divided among four liberals (John Paul Stevens, Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer), four conservatives (John G. Roberts Jr., Antonin Scalia, Clarence...
  • David Souter's Departure

    05/10/2009 4:20:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies · 640+ views
    WorldviewTimes.Com ^ | 5/9/09 | Phyllis Schlafly
    On his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama started campaigning for reelection in 2012. He went to a small town in Missouri, a red state he didn't carry last year, and boasted that "we've begun the work of remaking America." Indeed, he has begun to do exactly that with trillions of dollars turned over to the executive branch of government by the legislative branch. A few days later, the announced resignation of Supreme Court Justice David Souter gave Obama the additional power to use the judicial branch to remake America into Obama-nation. When asked what sort of a justice...
  • When Ideology Rules Us

    05/09/2009 3:14:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 546+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 09, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    The unfolding spectacle of which leftist cipher should be appointed by Obama to replace departing leftist cipher, David Souter, on the Supreme Court underscores just how purely ideological justice in America has become. At first blush, conservatives might have taken some hope from Obama's promise to look for "those on the outside" to be on the court: there is no more underrepresented group in government or politics than conservatives, and there is no group more subject to the unfair application of the law than conservatives. The left, of course, does not care at all about the qualifications of any nominee....
  • Judge not

    05/08/2009 3:57:53 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies · 409+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 8, 2009 | Editorial
    You can't like the early debate over Supreme Court Justice David Souter's successor. President Obama says his choice will advance ethnic and gender diversity, but also put someone on the court who has "empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles." Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, wants someone from "outside the judicial monastery, somebody who has had some real-life experience, not just as a judge." Though American Idol judge Paula Abdul would seem to be the best fit, it's clear the Democrats don't want someone who will follow the law, but make it up...
  • Souter’s Legacy: a Jurisprudence of Politics

    05/08/2009 10:55:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 717+ views
    New Hampshire Business Review ^ | Friday, May 8, 2009 | Ed Mosca
    Byron “Whizzer” White was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Kennedy in 1962. By current standards, he would be considered a far-right conservative. He dissented in both Miranda and Roe, calling the latter “an exercise in raw judicial power,” while he authored the majority opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick, which upheld a Georgia anti-sodomy law. White resigned from the Supreme Court in 1993, the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency. White could have allowed a Republican president to name his successor by resigning during George H.W. Bush’s presidency or holding out until George W. Bush’s presidency, which would have...
  • "Obama could nominate Michael Moore and the Dems would confirm him"

    05/08/2009 10:33:17 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 11 replies · 668+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05-08-2009 | Byron York
    Earlier this year, the committee was made up of eleven Democrats and eight Republicans. Then Sen. Arlen Specter switched sides. Majority Democrats did not allow Republicans to replace Specter, turning an 11-8 committee into a 12-7 panel. The committee has not been that unevenly divided in decades, and it's a huge advantage for the majority party. "They could nominate Michael Moore and the Democratic caucus would confirm him," a dejected Republican aide told me.
  • TYRRELL: The snickering of liberals

    05/08/2009 2:48:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 1,256+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    Is it possible that Justice David H. Souter has sensed what I have sensed in reading the liberals' dutiful adieus to him, their judicial Benedict Arnold? They are all snickering behind their hands. Sure, he pleased them enormously by his 19 years of tergiversations against conservative jurisprudence, after being President George H.W. Bush's "conservative" Supreme Court nominee. But through all Justice Souter's years here in Washington he revealed himself to be a stupendously self-absorbed oddball and not much else. He fell far short of the liberals' conception of a progressive Supreme Court dissenter, to wit: a charismatic, outspoken, slightly outre...
  • Not a Zero-Sum Game: Replacing Justice Souter Risks a More Activist Court

    05/05/2009 8:13:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 465+ views ^ | May 5, 2009 | by Andrew M. Grossman
    Though certainly no originalist, in numerous cases Justice David Souter has not bought into the worst excesses of judicial activism, either. In these cases, he has rejected the activist "empathy" standard promoted by President Barack Obama to instead cast votes and write opinions that are in accord with the demands of the Constitution and the rule of law. And particularly in the areas of crime and punishment and lawsuit abuse, he has broken ranks with the Court's more liberal wing to do so.Here is a sampling of some of Justice Souter's most significant stands in favor of the rule of...
  • Frontrunner for Supreme Court Believes Constitution Grows 'With the Times'

    05/05/2009 8:23:08 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies · 1,146+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 05, 2009 | Marie Magleby
    ( – Judge Diane Wood, reported to be on President Obama’s short list of possible nominees to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, believes a judge's interpretation of what the Constitution means must "grow with the times." In a 2005 article she wrote for the New York University Law Review, Wood argued that the U.S. Constitution “survives” the test of time through the “evolving” interpretation of its text. “Over the long run, even though it can sometimes be frustrating to wait for the long run, it has been better to allow constitutional understandings to grow with the times,”...
  • When Biden and Rudman Wept [Bush I WH in Dark on Souter]

    05/05/2009 9:19:44 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 18 replies · 1,023+ views
    Center for Vision and Values ^ | 5/4/09 | Paul Kengor
    Is he pro-life or pro-choice? That was the giant unknown hanging in the balance one day in 1990 as President George H. W. Bush nominated a mystery man named David Souter for a Supreme Court seat. Both sides of the abortion issue badly wanted answers. I remember those debates, and especially the uncertainty. America got its answer in 1992 in Casey v. Planned Parenthood, a seminal decision bearing the name of Pennsylvania’s pro-life Democrat governor. In that landmark case, Justice David Souter was the decisive swing vote in the narrow 5-4 majority, enshrining Roe v. Wade as law of the...
  • Why Obama's Supreme Court Selection Will Be A Disgrace To The Constitution

    05/04/2009 12:02:38 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 14 replies · 652+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | May 4, 2009 | Michael Eden
    Does the Constitution mean anything specific, or is it just a "living, breathing" document that means whatever the reader wants it to mean? And what does it mean if the Constitution is essentially meaningless? What does it mean if the rule of leftwing "empathy" trumps the rule of law? Depending on your answer to the first question, and what you think about the second, you are either about to be very angry, or very happy. Justice David Souter just announced his resignation from the Supreme Court, and Barack Obama had this to say: “I will seek someone who understands that...
  • "Change" Afoot at SCOTUS?

    05/04/2009 8:02:13 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 22 replies · 871+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 5/4/2009 | Selkirk
    The topic du jour is whether the President might choose a non-judge, or perhaps even a nonlawyer, to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice David Souter. And there is reason to think that it might be a possibility. Senator Patrick Leahy, chair of the Judiciary Committee, indicated his own preference on the Sunday morning circuit that the appointment be made outside the "judicial monastery." And the President himself has indicated that one of his core criteria will be "empathy," rather than the typical nods too judicial temperament or judicial philosophy. It is not very often that I...
  • Why “Daffy Duck” Is Obama’s Obvious Choice To Replace Justice Souter

    05/03/2009 11:29:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies · 1,202+ views ^ | May 4, 2009 | Kevin James
    Listening to the mainstream media, cable news shows, Democrats and the Left all practice “racial profiling” and “identity politics” to the highest degree in their debate over who should replace Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court – while conveniently avoiding that pesky term “qualifications” – I am convinced that President Obama’s choice is obvious. “Daffy Duck” should replace Justice Souter. Here are seven (7) reasons why: We have never had a duck sit on the Supreme Court. I am sure that our nation has a history of insensitivity toward “duck rights.” Daffy is a black duck. Therefore, Daffy’s...
  • Senators: Next justice should have wide experience

    05/03/2009 6:26:09 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 39 replies · 1,779+ views
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's search to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter should extend beyond the current roster of federal judges, senators from both political parties said Sunday. "I would like to see more people from outside the judicial monastery, somebody who has had some real-life experience, not just as a judge," said Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold hearings when Obama makes his nomination. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a committee member who last week switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party, suggested someone in the mold of a...
  • Affirmative Action in the Supreme Court

    05/03/2009 3:03:52 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 21 replies · 690+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 05/03/2009 | Mike Volpe
    It appears that there will be discrimination in choosing the next Supreme Court nominee. Not white. Not male. Not a career judge. Those were just some of the criteria senators outlined Sunday as they discussed their hopes for the next Supreme Court justice. With Justice David Souter retiring this summer, Democrats in particular said the vacancy is an opportunity for President Obama to diversify the high court -- not just by choosing a woman or minority justice, but a candidate with a resume that includes something other than years on the bench.
  • Obama May Seek Out Centrist to Replace Souter on Supreme Court (amusing editorial)

    05/03/2009 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies · 1,004+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 3, 2009 | Greg Stohr and Tina Seeley Greg Stohr And Tina Seeley
    President Barack Obama, weighing advice from both the left and right on his first Supreme Court choice, is likely to seek a judicial version of himself: a moderate coalition-builder.
  • Op-Classic, 1990: The Danger of David Souter

    05/03/2009 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Gil4 · 15 replies · 847+ views
    The fundamental constitutional principles articulated in Judge David H. Souter has put the country in an untenable position. He is asking the American people to support his nomination to the Supreme Court without assurances that he will protect our rights once on that court. ... Roe v. Wade are as critical as those spelled out in Brown. A woman's ability to enjoy all other personal liberties guaranteed by the Constitution - her privacy and her equality before the law - hinges upon her freedom to choose when and whether to have a child. Yet time after time Judge Souter refused...
  • Obama using 'code' for judicial activist, Hatch says

    05/03/2009 9:19:02 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 70 replies · 3,975+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 3, 2009 | Matt Canham
    Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch believes the president has used code words indicating he wants to appoint an activist to the Supreme Court, who will push a liberal agenda. Hatch zeroed in on Obama's use of the word empathy in describing what he will look for in a new justice. In announcing Souter's retirement on Friday, Obama said: "I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes." Hatch said that statement translates into a partisan on the bench instead of an impartial arbitrator. "He...
  • An Odd Suggestion for Souter's Replacement: Overturn Roe v Wade?

    05/03/2009 8:43:40 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 8 replies · 1,364+ views
    Right Side News ^ | May 3, 2009 | James F. Pontuso
    President Obama will soon make his first nomination to the Supreme Court in order to replace retiring Justice David Souter. Since Justice Souter almost always votes with activist justices, the nomination will not tip the balance on the most controversial issue facing the Court - the difficulty of balancing a woman's right to abortion and a fetus's right to stay alive. The current Supreme Court has avoided taking a clear stand on abortion. In 2007 the Court ruled in Gonzales v Carhart that the federal government could limit "partial birth abortions" and in 2008 it refused to hear cases that...
  • His second biggest mistake

    05/02/2009 4:16:14 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 29 replies · 2,558+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 2, 2009 | Editorial
    Overall, "read my lips" was the first feckless President Bush's biggest mistake because of its unintended consequences on the culture, foreign policy and the national discourse. Among other things, it opened the door to the politics of personal destruction of Bill Clinton and all that entailed, which begat the Republican Revolution of 1994. The second feckless President Bush and moderate congressional Republicans ended up hijacking the revolution, and their borrow-and-spend policies breathed new life into long-ago-discredited liberalism. That led the Democrats back to the White House and gave them solid liberal majorities on Capitol Hill, including very soon a filibuster-proof...
  • Bio of Justice David Souter

    05/02/2009 5:14:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies · 552+ views
    Biography: A man of unusual and peculiar sensibilities, David H. Souter came to the Supreme Court as a complete enigma. Souter, who received his nomination to the Court from President George Bush only months after his promotion to a federal appeals court, lacked a public reputation. As a result, the press labeled him the "stealth justice," an unknown judge with uncertain values. Conservatives praised Souter as a restrained jurist and predicted that he would bolster the right-wing bloc of Antonin Scalia and William H. Rehnquist. The Bush White House assured the Republican far right that Souter would be a "home...
  • Bye Bye, Justice Souter

    05/02/2009 12:20:27 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 5 replies · 719+ views
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | May 01, 2009 | Hans Bader
    Liberal Supreme Court Justice David Souter is retiring. On social issues, this makes little difference: whoever replaces him will satisfy liberal litmus tests, like supporting racial preferences and partial-birth abortion the way Souter did. But on economics, where Souter was more moderate, it will matter a lot: Souter was willing to occasionally overturn excessive punitive damage awards, and overturn state regulations that were preempted by federal law (like in Watters v. Wachovia (2007), where I filed a brief on behalf of economists and law professors). Some of his potential replacements, like Judge Sonia Sotomayor and especially Deval Patrick, will be...
  • Obama pledges careful choice to replace Souter

    05/02/2009 7:47:00 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 56 replies · 1,191+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 05/02/2009 | Mark Sherman / AP
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is promising to work quickly and deliberately to name a replacement for retiring Justice David H. Souter who could double the number of women on the Supreme Court, become the first Hispanic justice, or do both. Conservative and liberal groups are quickly laying the groundwork for a nominee fight that could re-ignite contentious debate on issues from abortion and immigration to gay rights. Souter, 69, announced Friday that he would step down at the end of the court's term in late June. His retirement after almost two decades of unpredictable decisions gives Obama an early...
  • Souter's Retirement: Bonus for Obama

    05/02/2009 7:00:09 AM PDT · by StopBigGovt · 24 replies · 796+ views
    Michelle Malkin, Politico ^ | 5/1/09 | Kelly Estes
    The top nominees for the US Supreme Court are far-left leaning (no surprise there). Choosing Justice David Souter's replacement is an opportunity for Pres. Barack Obama, and his choice will be an eye-opener for main-stream Americans.
  • Unsolicited Advice for GOP Senators (excellent read on how to oppose Obama Supreme Court nominee)

    05/02/2009 6:37:50 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies · 1,165+ views
    National Review ^ | May 1 2009 | [Matthew J. Franck]
    there is no reason to expect that a Supreme Court justice appointed by President Obama will be significantly worse than Justice David Souter has been. But there is still less reason to hope that he or she will be any better than Souter. It has been a long time since the Democratic Party seemed capable of generating Supreme Court appointees who had any reliable notions of judicial restraint, let alone an attachment to originalism. This is the party that once gave us justices like Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, Fred Vinson, and Byron White—all of whom would find themselves on the...
  • David Souter: 'A Classic Yankee Republican'

    05/02/2009 6:33:52 AM PDT · by Marc Tumin · 4 replies · 1,116+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 2, 2009 | Huma Khan
    An Independent Thinker On and Off the Court Superme Court Justice David Souter may be little known outside his small circle of friends… but those who know him or work with him say Souter… took serious interest in the law and his work…. Souter's tenure on the court was marked by a willingness to vote outside political party lines, marking him as an independent thinker. "He was a classic frugal Yankee Republican. He's been known to reheat yesterday's coffee in the microwave," recalled Rebecca Tushnet, who was one of Souter's clerks… and is now a law professor at Georgetown University….
  • David Souter: 'A Classic Yankee Republican'

    05/02/2009 6:24:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 1,245+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 2, 2009 | Huma Khan
    An Independent Thinker On and Off the Court Superme Court Justice David Souter may be little known outside his small circle of friends -- he shied away from the Washington scene and prefers to be in his New Hampshire cabin reading books -- but those who know him or work with him say Souter is a funny man who took serious interest in the law and his work. [Snip] "When you meet the guy you expect to meet some silent Cal Coolidge type of New Englander who talks very little and whatever else goes with that stereotype," said Meir Feder,...
  • "Gibbs Screwing This Thing Up" Obama Makes Souter Retirement Official in Impromptu Briefing (Video)

    05/01/2009 9:09:36 PM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 19 replies · 1,241+ views
    President Obama abruptly interrupted today's White House Press Briefing to "do the job himself" and report his conversation with retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. I was kind of hoping he was going to fire Gibbs on the spot, but then again, I would miss the circus clown in action everyday with the press corps!
  • Empathy Flashback

    05/01/2009 7:34:40 PM PDT · by armyofprinciples · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Free Republic ^ | armyofprinciples
    Of all the wrongs Maobama has wrought upon our Republic, none, in my opinion, will be as damaging as what is to come with his picks for USSC and Federal Jurists. How are we, as the Paul Revere's of today, going to get the warning out to our elected representatives that this man's choice for USSC, whoever it is, must be stopped!? Oh, and by we I mean all of you who brought down Dan Blather, the UAE Port Deal and Harriet Miers, among others... Or are we just screwed?
  • Obama Vows ‘Independent’ Replacement for Souter

    05/01/2009 3:07:39 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 30 replies · 1,020+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/1/2009 | DAVID STOUT and ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Justice David H. Souter formally told the White House on Friday that he will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of the current term in June, a development that stirred intense interest about who his replacement will be and how the change will affect future court rulings on abortion and the balance between personal liberty and national security. President Obama praised Justice Souter and his record on the court, and said he hoped to have a new justice confirmed by the Senate by the time the court reconvenes in October. But before that happens, a vigorous debate in...
  • Souter Replacement Watch: Master List

    05/01/2009 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 1 2009 | Chris Good
    News that Supreme Court Justice David Souter will retire in June has set off a maelstrom of speculation as to who will eventually take his place. Here are the names most frequently being mentioned, ranked by frequency. For a breakdown of replacement dynamics and a reported list, see Marc's post. The list takes five sources into account: articles/posts today from CNN, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, The Los Angeles Times, SCOTUSblog, The BLT (the Blog of the Legal Times), and The Huffington Post's Sam Stein. The two most mentioned candidates are Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Wood,...
  • The Supreme Court: Awaiting The Green Martian Nominee

    05/01/2009 6:50:27 PM PDT · by Pitcairn · 4 replies · 306+ views ^ | 01 May 09 | Pitcairn
    Supreme Court Associate Justice David Souter has announced his retirement, and so the nation now “braces” for who will succeed him—who His Majesty will nominate. Drum rolls, now. The whole process is such a politically-correct joke. So, who cares, really? For the last half-century, the Supreme Court basically does what they see fit to do, anyway. So, what America really needs to focus on is shoe color and hair style at this point. The days of stare decisis are largely done now. This is kangaroo at its best. Where is Billy Bush? Get that little bugger over to the Supreme...
  • Get Ready For: "Is Sonia Sotomayor A Bad Catholic?"

    05/01/2009 2:07:31 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies · 3,230+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | May 1, 2009 | Steven Waldman
    From a raw political point of view, it's hard to top Sonia Sotomayor to be Obama's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. She's Hispanic, a key group that Obama won over and must keep. She's a woman and, though liberal, was appointed by a Republican. I haven't been able to determine whether she's Catholic, but she's Puerto Rican (most of whom are Catholic) and went to Catholic schools as a child. There already are five Catholics on the court but they're all conservative so they haven't been attacked for being bad Catholics (i.e. being pro-choice despite the church's teaching). But...
  • Cass Sunstein for Souter slot?

    05/01/2009 4:54:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 584+ views
    WND ^ | 5/1/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON – The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter could result in Barack Obama's nomination of a man who has been an outspoken proponent of tough restriction on gun sales and ownership, a ban on hunting, animal rights and what has been characterized as a "Fairness Doctrine" for the Internet.
  • Obama's high court choice could be Hispanic, woman

    05/01/2009 3:51:08 PM PDT · by Justaham · 19 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-1-09 | MARK SHERMAN and BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama pledged Friday to name a Supreme Court justice who combines "empathy and understanding" with an impeccable legal background to succeed liberal David Souter, whose abrupt retirement announcement set off speculation the next justice could be a woman, a Hispanic or both. Obama, who will be making the first high court nomination by a Democrat in 15 years, pointedly referred to his plan to have "him or her" on the bench in time for the Supreme Court's session that begins the first Monday in October.
  • Conservatives prepare for Supreme battle (can they rally over Souter's replacement ?)

    05/01/2009 3:53:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 2,388+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | 5/1/2009 | Dana Bash
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Few issues rally conservatives as much as a Supreme Court nomination -- and activists are wasting no time gearing up for a battle. Conservative groups worked into the night Thursday -- after news broke that Justice David Souter would announce his retirement -- to arrange a conference call early Friday morning to talk strategy with representatives of more than 60 groups. Leaders on the call, such as Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network, told colleagues that one of their first challenges would be convincing activists there is a fight to be had. "One thing to keep...
  • Souter's Supreme Court Replacement Must Be A Black, Lesbian, Pro Abort Woman, She Must Also . ..

    05/01/2009 1:42:00 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 21 replies · 985+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/01/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    President Obama and Congressional Democrats, in order to please their constituency, must nominate a Supreme Court Justice who is female and who is African American, because Whites, Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Men, have been over represented among the Supremes for nearly 200 years. Gays, as far as we know, have been overlooked so the nominee will also have to be "out." The nominee for Supreme Court Justice Must be Black - To meet PC quota system Must be a Woman, but not feminine Must love abortion more than Kathleen Sebelius Must hate men more than Kelly McGinnis Must be gayer...
  • Cass Sunstein for Souter slot?

    05/01/2009 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Delacon · 38 replies · 1,264+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Brad O'Leary
    Regulatory czar nominee favors gun grab, animal rights, 'Fairness Doctrine' for Net – The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter could result in Barack Obama's nomination of a man who has been an outspoken proponent of tough restriction on gun sales and ownership, a ban on hunting, animal rights and what has been characterized as a "Fairness Doctrine" for the Internet. Cass Sunstein, a law professor friend of the president and his current nominee to be regulatory czar, is on a list of eight possible names, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to replace Souter in an article...