David Hackett Souter

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Souter, David Hackett,

1939–, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990–2009), b. Melrose, Mass. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he served as New Hampshire's attorney general (1976–78), and on the state's superior court (1978–83) before being named to the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1983–90). After serving only a short time as a judge on the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals (1990), he was named by President George H. W. Bush in July, 1990, to the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing William BrennanBrennan, William Joseph, Jr.,
1906–97, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1956–90), b. Newark, N.J. After receiving his law degree from Harvard, he practiced law in Newark.
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. Although regarded initially as a conservative, Souter emerged by the mid-1990s as key to a moderate bloc that resisted pressures from the political right to undo Court precedents of the 1960s and 70s.
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I have always reflected on the involvement of those three--Sununu, later White House chief of staff; Steve Merrill, later governor; and Justice Souter.
All but one of them were current judges with long track records, to avoid what some call "another Justice Souter," who was thought to be a conservative when nominated in 1990, but who more often joined the liberal justices in deciding cases.
40) By this time, Justice Souter had come to reconsider his earlier position on the secondary effects doctrine, refusing to join the plurality opinion and attempting to limit its reach by an appeal to heightened evidentiary standards.
18) Justice Souter directed courts to admit second, warned confessions only if the Miranda warnings functioned "'effectively' as Miranda requires.
written by Justice Souter, accused Chief Justice Roberts of violating
Justice Souter, joined by Justice Ginsburg joined the plurality opinion to provide sufficient votes to vacate the decision below and remand the case to give Hamdi an opportunity to contest his detention.
Moylan said Justice Souter pointed out that the case is essentially an "academic one" and its proper disposition should not necessarily involve the court.
Among his parting words on this topic, Justice Souter observed: "The interaction between the 'government speech doctrine' and Establishment Clause principles has not .
But Justice Souter cited examples from court cases of dogs with error rates of up to 38 percent.
If Dean Kagan gives the proposed remarks, she will clearly brand herself a judicial activist, just as Justice Souter did in his Harvard commencement address.
TRIBE: Justice Souter, I think that we're getting off track by assuming that it helps for it to be government speech.