Justice Souter to Retire from Supreme Court

Media reports tonight indicate that Justice David Souter will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of the Court's current term. Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way issued the following statement:

"America owes a debt of gratitude to Justice Souter for his service. Justice Souter has shown a deep understanding not only of the law, but of the implications the Court's decisions have in the real world. He has been an important voice against ideological extremism.

"To fill Justice Souter's seat on the Court, President Obama should nominate someone who can continue his work to defend our personal freedoms and ensure that every person has equal access to justice. Our country needs another jurist who appreciates the impact that the law and the Constitution have on every American, not just a few. In November, President Obama was given a mandate to appoint federal judges who are committed to our core constitutional values of justice, equality, and opportunity for all. That is exactly what he should do."

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