Within hours of the first leaks about Supreme Court Justice David Souter's retirement plans, forces were lining up for battle, with female nominees -- Judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Wood, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan, among others -- topping speculative lists. Beyond the names, a debate is emerging over whether President Barack Obama should play it safe and name a moderate -- or a full-throated liberal who can stand up to the conservative mettle of Justice Antonin Scalia or Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Souter's Retirement Sets Stage for Nomination Fight
The National Law Journal
May 4, 2009