Supreme Court

Is Justice Souter Preparing to Retire?

The election of President Obama has led to much speculation over which liberal Supreme Court Justice will be the first to retire, with much of the speculation forming around octogenarians John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The blog Underneath Their Robes, however, points to a clue that Justice David Souter may be the first out the door: “Souter has not yet hired his law clerks for October Term 2009. Even though Justice Souter typically hires last among the current justices, he's generally done by April. We are now well into April, and there has been no word of Justice Souter hiring clerks.”