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Justice Souter: A Man Of Tradition, And Surprises

Publication Date: 
May 04, 2009
Los Angeles Times
David G. Savage

Professor Pamela S. Karlan is quoted in the Los Angeles Times in a story that discusses retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Former Supreme Court Justices and alumni Sandra Day O'Connor '52 and William H.Rehnquist '52 are also mentioned:

He may not have signed onto the Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion had he been on the court in 1973, but he was unwilling to vote to overturn it after its nearly 20 years as a precedent. He believed in the strict separation of church and state, in limits on the president's power, in protecting the environment and in criminal laws that were firm but fair.

"Justice Souter was a judicial version of a disappearing phenomenon: the moderate New England Republican," said Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan. "He was not a true liberal, and he would not have been a liberal on the court of the 1960s or 1970s. But he believed in privacy and civil rights and precedents. That made him a liberal on the court today."