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Obama's Court
« on: May 01, 2009, 09:57:44 AM »
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    Things got a whole lot more interesting for President Obama. Justice David Souter is retiring from the bench and the president will be able to pick a true progressive judge to fill the vacancy in the coming months. I doubt he wanted to tackle this topic so soon with everything else on his plate, but that's the hand he was dealt and I look forward to being involved heavily in the process. I can only imagine what will come out of the mouths of the teabaggers and FOX News. Brace yourself, this is going to get ugly on their side very quickly. I hope to have our website released soon that will be dedicated to the Supreme Court. It's already designed and I'm lining up the troops as we speak.

From The Rachel Maddow Show April 30, 2009. Justice David Souter plans to retire from the Supreme Court. From the MSNBC press release:

    NBC: Souter to retire from Supreme Court
    His retirement would give Obama his first chance to nominate a justice

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire, sources told NBC News Thursday night.

    Speculation about Souter's plans began to swirl as the eight other justices were known to have hired the four law clerks who will work with them in the Supreme Court term that begins in October. Souter has been the lone holdout, hiring no one.

    A retirement by Souter, 69, would give President Barack Obama his first chance to nominate a justice and the next few months would bring Senate confirmation hearings.

    Several government sources said that Souter had signaled his intention to retire, NBC News correspondent Pete Williams reported. It was unclear whether Souter would retire at the end of the current term or as soon as a nomination can be made. Wednesday was the last day of oral arguments in the current court term.

    For the last three years, at least, the identities of Souter's clerks for the upcoming term have been known by now. Gossipy legal blogs actively seek out the names of the clerks - recent graduates of the nation's top law schools who go on to lucrative careers and, sometimes, the Supreme Court.

    Clerkships are highly sought and applicants have been known to interview with multiple justices in the hopes of landing a job at the high court. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and John Paul Stevens were clerks when they were younger.

    Clerks typically start work in July and spend the summer poring over appeals to decide which ones they think the court should hear. Justice Clarence Thomas recently said of new clerks that "the way that we work, there is no start up time. You hit the ground running and you're ready to go."

    Other candidates for retirement
    The other candidates for retirement are Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 76, and Stevens, 89, although neither has betrayed any intention of leaving. Ginsburg, who is undergoing chemotherapy following surgery for pancreatic cancer in February, said she wants to serve into her 80s.

    In 1990, Republican President George Bush nominated Souter for the position of Supreme Court justice. Little was known of his positions on issues at the forefront of the news, such as abortion, and it was hoped by conservatives that his literal interpretations of the Constitution would work in their favor. However, Souter's interpretations of the Constitution were more liberal than the Republican Party had hoped.

    According to Biography Resource Center Online, during the Casey v. Planned Parenthood case, Souter voted to uphold the Roe v. Wade decision governing a woman's right to an abortion and also voted to prohibit prayer at high school graduation ceremonies in Lee v. Weisman.

    In defense of his abortion stance, Souter wrote that, as a nation, we have come to rely on the "availability of abortion" and to overturn Roe v.Wade would be "a surrender to political pressure ... so to overrule under fire in the absence of the most compelling reason to re-examine a watershed decision would subvert the Court's legitimacy beyond any serious question."

    Since that time he consistently voted on the more liberal sides of issues.

    Souter attended Harvard University, graduating Phi Betta Kappa in 1961 with a major in philosophy. Before returning to Harvard to attend law school, Souter won a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College at Oxford.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 02:31:29 PM »
Obama's offical status on this is "We've got nothing official from Soutar's people."

Still, it should be fun.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 06:06:13 PM »
noting about supreme court appointments is fun.
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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009, 10:23:24 AM »
Snore...

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President Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as his first appointment to the court, officials said Tuesday, and has scheduled an announcement for 10:15 a.m. at the White House.

If confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate, Judge Sotomayor, 54, would replace Justice David H. Souter to become the second woman on the court and only the third female justice in the history of the Supreme Court. She also would be the first Hispanic justice to serve on the Supreme Court.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/26/obama-makes-decision-on-supreme-court-nominee/?ref=global-home

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009, 10:37:15 AM »
http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/the-dynamic-of-the-nomination-of-sonia-sotomayor/

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Well before the hearings and votes, the immediate struggle will be to define both the nominee and the President (in light of his selection).  In several prior posts, we have summarized Sonia Sotomayor’s principal opinions.  Here, I discuss the lines of attack that likely will be directed at her if she is nominated by the President this morning.

Previous posts on Scotusblog, of course, talk at length about her.  Well worth cruising through.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2009, 11:32:29 AM »

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009, 04:54:39 PM »
Man, nobody has any idea how much this bores me.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2009, 04:58:25 PM »
I can usually make it to the second word in the headline before I'm bored.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2009, 04:59:58 PM »
Even the GOPs on the judiciary(?) committee are saying they might vote her in.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2009, 05:02:09 PM »
Oh, she's in.  The only thing that'll stop her is if some weird ethical thing comes up, but nobody's looking too hard.

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The Obama Judge
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2010, 02:07:45 PM »
And...it's official!

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After 34 years, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring from the US Supreme Court at the end of the current session, as has been widely expected since President Obama took office. Justice Stevens has consistently functioned as the court's bridge between fierce ideological divides. Jeffrey Toobin summarizes his role nicely in his New Yorker piece:

    Still, Stevens’s views suggest a sensibility more than a philosophy. Many great judicial legacies have a deep theoretical foundation—Oliver Wendell Holmes’s skeptical pragmatism, William J. Brennan’s aggressive liberalism, Scalia’s insistent originalism. Stevens’s lack of one raises questions about the durability of his influence on the Court.

    But, more than anything, his career shows how the Court has become a partisan battlefield. In that spirit, Roberts last week denounced President Obama’s criticism of the Court in his State of the Union address, saying that the occasion had “degenerated to a political pep rally.” When Stevens leaves, the Supreme Court will be just another place where Democrats and Republicans fight.

Just moments after his resignation was announced, Senator Orrin Hatch released his own little warning to the President, also widely expected.

    Every President has an obligation to nominate Judges who understand and are committed to their proper role in our system of government. As I have said for many years, someone who would be an activist judge, who would substitute their own views for what the law requires, is not qualified to serve on the federal bench.

Cool! Let's immediately impeach each and every justice who voted on the Citizens United ruling, then.

As always, the battle will come down to Roe v. Wade. It always does. Conservative states have passed laws intended to wind up in front of the US Supreme Court. The goal is, of course, to get that ruling that weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade completely. With the Citizens United decision still fresh in everyone's mind on both sides, President Obama will need a nominee who can and will stand firmly for the constitutional rights of women, the red-headed stepchildren of our current Supreme Court and still withstand the inevitable GOP filibuster.

It should make for an interesting summer.

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Re: The Obama Judge
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2010, 02:52:35 PM »
I wonder how awesomely conservative the next justice will be.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2010, 08:39:28 PM »
She's safe and confirmable.

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Re: Obama's Court
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2010, 08:50:55 PM »
Greenwald does enough taking her and her record apart. It's so frustrating to be politically active right now, because every single stance I've seen from Obama boils down to "let's not be so reckless to do what is right"