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    Default U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter will reportedly retire at end of court's term

    Source: Justice Souter retiring
    By JENNIFER LOVEN 6 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) A source says 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. The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Souter.

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    I can see the confirmation hearings now...
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    So, Obama gets to pick his first Supreme Court Justice? I nominate Michelle Bachmann.

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    I knew Souter would be the first to go.

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    He might get a few more..
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    I think Ginsberg will be the next one to step down, especially if Obama picks a female judge to replace Souter.

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    John Paul Stevens is 89. He can't last much longer either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visitor42 View Post
    John Paul Stevens is 89. He can't last much longer either.
    Here's hoping.

    Souter was one of the good guys. Let's hope Obama can come up with someone with just as much integrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I think Ginsberg will be the next one to step down, especially if Obama picks a female judge to replace Souter.
    I think Ruth has a few more years left in her. She said recently that she wanted to be there at least 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    I think Ruth has a few more years left in her. She said recently that she wanted to be there at least 20 years.
    But her health issues may end up forcing her to step down earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    But her health issues may end up forcing her to step down earlier.
    I doubt it. Ruth is stronger than most people give her credit for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    I doubt it. Ruth is stronger than most people give her credit for.
    I like Ginsberg and I hope she stays on. But it doesn't matter how strong a person is, if their body turns against them.

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    Even though Souter was appointed by a Republican, he has been a pretty liberal judge. Obama will be able to replace him with another judge with a similar leaning without a peep from Republicans (as if it mattered with the current Dem majority).

    Ginsburg is probably the next most likely to leave - involuntarily, because of health reasons. Because she is a liberal, and Obama would replace he with a liberal, it wouldn't change the slight conservative majority that the Court now holds.

    Quite frankly, unless Obama is president for two terms, I don't see how he could affect the current Supreme Court composition, except to keep the status quo.

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