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
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."

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