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Obama Says Empathy Key To Court Pick

Publication Date: 
May 02, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Janet Hook and Christi Parsons

Professor Pamela S. Karlan is quoted in the Los Angeles Times in an article that discusses the qualities of a potential replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter:

Others said they were eager for him to name a high-profile, clear-cut liberal. The last justice to fit that mold was Thurgood Marshall, who took the bench in 1967. Liberal groups argued that the Democratic Party's majority in the Senate, which is nearly large enough to overcome any obstacles set by Republicans, gives Obama far more latitude than most presidents in making his choice.

"If there was ever an opportunity for Obama to make a bold statement, this is the time," Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan said.