May 1st, 2009
03:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Justice Souter notifies White House he is retiring

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Justice David Souter announced he will retire from the Supreme Court, after informing the White House Friday of his plans.

Souter's letter:

May 1, 2009

Dear Mr. President:

When the Supreme Court rises for the summer recess this year, I intend to retire from active service as a Justice, under provisions of 28 US.C section 371 (b) (1), having attained the age and met the service requirements of subsection (c) of that section. I mean to continue to render substantial judicial service as an Associate Justice.

Yours respectfully
s/ David Souter

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Scott in Atlanta

    I think Michelle Obama would make a great Supreme Court Justice!

    May 1, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. frank

    Americans should punish the republicans till they apologize of lying to rush to war!

    May 1, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Byron NC

    Hey Obama give me some money!

    May 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. munchmom

    I think all of this was highly orchestrated by the Obama administration to get another liberal judge seated. It all began with the "reconciliation" piece in the budget so the Republicans wouldn't filibuster it, then the move of Arlen Specter to the Dems to secure a "no chance for filibuster" action on any other legislation, and then the retirement of Justice Souter. I'd say that Obama and all his cronies have everything all tied up now and we are guaranteed to go down that slippery path to socialism and rampant liberalism. Hurry up 2012!

    May 1, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Shirley In California

    Not much of a letter. It almost sounds like he is "fed up" and just wants to get out of there. I would expect more from someone of his statute and experience.

    May 1, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "... yet he and Congressional Democrats are pushing our nation further and faster to the left than voters bargained for. "

    Moron. He's doing exactly what he told everyone he was going to do. How that could possibly be "more than we bargained for" just plain can't, so stuff it Steele.

    May 1, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Carlos Cheng, PE

    Dear Mr. President,

    We want a supreme court judge appointed to the bench that are more intelligent than the current supreme court judge appointed by ex president Bush.

    Thanks you


    May 1, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. JDQ

    Thank you, Justice Souter, for your service to your country. Enjoy your retirement.

    May 1, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Laura, Keene NH

    Welcome home Justice Souter:

    Enjoy your retirement! You certainly deserve it. Sit back and enjoy the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins up close and personal.

    New Hampshire welcomes you home!

    Keene State College

    May 1, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. katiec

    I admire Justice Souter. He has been open minded and not allowed politics to sway his decisions.
    Also, he is responsible enough to want to retire at a desirable age,
    and not grow into the mold of bigoted, tired old men,
    Happy retirement to him.

    May 1, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Good riddance – take Ruth with you – liberals!!!

    May 1, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    The lying liberal is leaving. Good!

    May 1, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Eric

    Thank you Judge Souter, you have been and are a credit to both America, and the human race.

    May 1, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Jerry

    Wow, what a week. Two worthless liberals jumping ship.

    May 1, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Remi Murphy (Tracy CA)

    Grateful for a Justice Thomas and Scalia neutralizer.

    May 1, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Nancy, CA

    I am so grateful at this moment that we have a Democratic President who will be making this next Supreme Court appointment!!!

    May 1, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Munchmom: How does it sway the majority of the Court if the current Administration is to replace one so called "liberal" with another?

    Souter has, in fact, been one of the more moderate and neutral parties on the current Court as well as during the Rehnquist tenure. He has been remarkably unbaised and fair in his opinions, given the recent political climate in this country.

    As much as I love a good conspiracy theory, I highly doubt the move of Arlen Specter and the retirement of Souter are directly correlated.

    May 1, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Crazy ass human being

    And justice for all (if you're rich- ya ain't guilty)

    May 1, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Eric

    Yea, that's it, you'all, keep the language of bullies and fear mongers, it had served the Republican party well; America, not so much. Moderates like myself have been leaving the party for the past 15 years. Sure, for a while they were able to make even greater gains with the religious right, but the trend crested in 2004.

    Over the next 8 years Obama will likely appoint 4 judges, and perhaps as many as 7 of them. I suspect that most will be very similar in judicial temperament as the Yankee Republican who announced his retirement today.

    May 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Stu Smith

    We need a few of the crooked right-wing justices to retire, not the honest ones!

    May 1, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. ray ray

    Good Riddance to Souter. I sincerely hope the ugly – craggly Darth Bader Ginsburg follows soon.

    GOP has veto power in the Senate Judiciary Committee... unless the dems (as they have so far) choose to completely change the established Senate rules.

    May 1, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    I sure do wish it would have been the Bush appointees instead.
    I am sure OUR President will choose someone just perfect as a replacement. We already know that the Republicans will say NO to whoever President Obama selects. He should go as far left as he can with his first choice and then a moderate will look wonderful to the Party of NO.
    Can't wait for Scalea, Roberts and Thomas to retire. I pray it will be soon.

    May 1, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |