Sonia Sotomayor

Over the next few days (weeks?) I will be attempting to round up and make some sense of the voluminous blogtopic response to Pres. Obama’s nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The confirmation hearings will probably start in July, so that gives us all a little over a month to get up to...

SCOTUS Rejects Former Detainee’s Prison Abuse Suit, 5-4

From Adam Liptak’s New York Times article about the ruling: A Pakistani Muslim man who was arrested after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks may not sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for abuses he said he...

Nine Questions for Mark Halperin

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Souter Replacement Watch Begins

Sam Stein at The Huffington Post has five strong possibilities and four dark horses. The five likeliest: Sonia Sotomayor Elena Kagan Seth Waxman Diane Wood Harold Koh The informed speculation says Obama will nominate a woman, so that would eliminate 3 and 5, at least as first choices. The smart money seems...

David Souter Will Retire in June

NPR broke the news about two hours ago: NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current court term. The vacancy will give President Obama his first chance to name a member of the high court and begin to shape its future direction. At 69, Souter is...

Charges Dropped on Five Gitmo Detainees

The government is dropping the charges because the cases have been tainted by torture, and because the prosecution has deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense: All five of the cases had been handled by a prosecutor who stepped down in September, saying there were systemic problems with...

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