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Souter Giving Up Gavel

The liberal justice conservatives love to hate is leaving the Supreme Court: David Souter, who was appointed by President Bush in 1990, will retire after this year’s term, according to NPR. At 69, Souter is only the Court’s fifth-oldest judge, but apparently he dislikes Washington and wants to return to his home state of New Hampshire. According to NPR, “Souter was apparently satisfied that neither the court's oldest member, 89-year-old John Paul Stevens, nor its lone woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had cancer surgery over the winter, wanted to retire at the end of this term. Not wanting to cause a second vacancy, Souter apparently had waited to learn his colleagues' plans before deciding his own.”