Report: Justice Souter Said to Plan on Retiring at the End of the Year

In legal issues/law/courts on May 1, 2009 by Editor Z

Tonight it is being reported that an anonymous source has revealed that Supreme Court Justice David Souter, 69 said he will abdicate from the court at the end of the Court’s session in June. Upon hearing the news fellow Justice John Paul Stevens, 89 who is the eldest member of the nine Justice court was heard mumbling under his breath “what a wuss. I’m nearly 90 years old wearing a bow-tie and I am still here.” As you may have guessed I was just kidding about the last quote. I actually crafted that with my own imagination. But you get the picture.

Source: Justice Souter retiring
AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice David Souter has told the White House that he will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of the court’s term in June, a source familiar with his plans said Thursday night.

The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Souter.

Speculation that the 69-year-old justice will be stepping down has been fueled by his failure to appoint law clerks from the fall term.

National Public Radio reported that Souter will remain on the bench until a successor is confirmed.

The Supreme Court declined to comment on the report.

David Souter was the first of two appointments by then President George H.W Bush to the U.S Supreme court when he was nominated and confirmed in 1990. Souter was a surprise to many, since Bush and conservatives believed that he would be a conservative vote on the court, though throughout his nearly two decade long tenure he has nearly always sided with the three most liberal Justices on the body.

Supposedly there has not yet been any response from Souter, the Court, or the White House. If true this would be the first Supreme Court vacancy facing the Obama Presidency.



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