Monday, May 4, 2009
screw the law, screw the Constitution . . . identity politics must come to the US Supreme Court
President Obama advised not to replace David Souter with judge
BY James Gordon Meek
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Updated Monday, May 4th 2009, 7:28 AM
WASHINGTON -- Top Democrats advising President Obama on his first Supreme Court vacancy are urging him not to pick a sitting judge.
"I would like to see more people from outside the judicial monastery - somebody who has had some real-life experience," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) told ABC's "This Week."
Picking up on the outsider theme, brand-new Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania - who shepherded ex-President George W. Bush's two high court picks as the panel's former GOP chairman - agreed that the eight other justices on the bench who were lower court judges were plenty.
Specter told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he'd like a replacement for retiring Associate Justice David Souter "who has done something more than wear a black robe for most of their lives."