May 1st, 2009
11:04 AM ET
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Source: Souter to notify colleagues of retirement

Justice Souter plans to tell his colleagues about his retirement on Friday, a source tells CNN.
Justice Souter plans to tell his colleagues about his retirement on Friday, a source tells CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to inform his colleagues Friday of his intention to retire from the bench, a legal source said.

Souter is expected to discuss his decision during a weekly closed-door meeting.

Souter wanted to notify his associates in private before making a public announcement, the source said.

There was no immediate indication of when Souter officially would inform the White House.

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  1. Sniffit

    @ Shirley in California, who said "I personally would love to see a black woman appointed"

    I personally would like to see the best person for the job appointed and for every single person out there with an agenda, left, right, race, gender, to suck it up and take it. It's getting a little tiring reading opinions from our highest court that are steeped in political nonsense (from both sides to be honest) instead of following the letter of the law and the intent of the framers.

    May 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    Thank GOD for Justice Souter.

    Back when overturning Roe v Wade was still statistically possible, and when the Religious Reich was making its big power play during Bush I to start moving America toward theocracy, Souter saved women's rights, gay rights, minority rights, and basic human freedom in this country.

    May 1, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Aye Mami !

    It would be nice for THE PRESIDENT to know how long and in what order the other justices are likely to leave the court.

    I wish the one that is 89 would decide to step down now instead of Souter. The Dems need to be able to strategize about these picks over the longer term. As they vet his replacement, I hope they view this in the context of their next 4 picks.

    The selection of a Latina would be phenomenal ... I am a black man that would love to see this. You can't convince me that with 9 seats we can only find 1 woman that is qualified. Moreover, with as long as hispanics have been graduating from law school, there are many that have years of judicial/ legal experience.

    Politically, this would demonstrate to Latinos that the Democrats are committed to a fair, diverse path to power and influence in America .... a far cry from the Republicans. In fact, Republicans will be revealed when they oppose her ... for you know they will.

    May 1, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Jimmy the Greek

    @ Shirley says

    "I personally would love to see a black woman appointed as this will probably be the LAST chance in the next 30 years. "

    ........

    Why a black woman? What about Hispanic women? What About Asian Women? What about the Norwegians?

    (eyes rolling)

    Liberals see life (literally) through a black and white lense.

    May 1, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. PFFT

    What a great way to distract from the real problems of the nation. Wonder how much he was offered to step down to allow the great and mighty Obama to choose his successor.

    To those who are screaming that it needs to be a Left-leaning Liberal – I disagree. It needs to be someone who will make a decision based on fact and reason, not the ideological goals of a party which may or may not be in the best interest of the country. So, before you take umbrage at that statement, it goes for the conservative judges as well.

    May 1, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. KD in Houston

    Yay Obama will get to leave a lasting legacy by appointing a judge to the Supreme Court!

    May 1, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. arithmetic is liberal

    ray ray May 1st, 2009 12:48 pm ET

    Souter became a left-leaning liberal.

    WHY ELSE would he have waited until Dems controlled the White House and Congress before announcing his retirement?

    He wants a far-left baby-killing NARAL-approved replacement to be fast-tracked through Congress.

    Ray ray, you're too late. When Souter was appointed, the Republicans might have had a shot at overturning Roe v Wade. You'll NEVER have that opportunity again. Ever. Get used to it. Two generations of women are not going to lie back and think of England as their rights are taken away. Reactionaries can lob every ad hominem bomb they have; it won't change a thing.

    May 1, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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