News broke Thursday night that Justice David Souter plans to retire after this Supreme Court term ends in late June. That prospect would offer President Barack Obama a chance to invigorate the Court with new blood. A likely replacement for the mostly liberal Souter would be another liberal, meaning that most votes wouldn't change. But a replacement will almost certainly be younger and likely to change the dynamics of the Court. Early bets are that Obama will choose a woman, a minority or someone in both categories.
Souter Retirement Reports Stir Speculation on Obama Court Pick
The National Law Journal
May 1, 2009