Geoffrey Stone on Justice Souter
It would appear from the latest news reports that Justice David Souter is about to part ways with the Supreme Court after a nineteen-year tenure. At the time of his nomination by President George H. W. Bush, David Souter was a virtual unknown. In his long career as a justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, a judge on the New Hampshire trial court, and New Hampshire's attorney general, he seldom had occasion to express his views on controversial constitutional issues. Many critics of the nomination complained that President Bush had found a "stealth candidate" who had no "paper trail" but was secretly a rock-solid conservative determined to overturn Roe v. Wade and to outlaw affirmative action. It didn't turn out quite that way.