February 20, 1991 |
Acting in a case that could shape the future health of the military reserves, the Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would decide whether workers have an absolute right to leave their jobs for lengthy training as reservists. The decision, due next year, will not affect the nearly 200,000 reservists called up to active duty because of the Persian Gulf War. Federal law guarantees reservists ordered to active duty the right to return to jobs without penalty.
October 3, 1990 |
Opposed only by nine liberal senators, federal Judge David H. Souter was confirmed Tuesday to a lifetime appointment as the nation's 105th justice of the Supreme Court. The opponents, all Democrats, said that they feared Souter would vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling affirming the right to abortion.
September 28, 1990 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 1 Thursday to recommend confirmation of New Hampshire Judge David H. Souter to a seat on the Supreme Court, where he is expected to cement a new, more conservative majority. Only Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), frustrated by the court's recent cutbacks in civil rights, voted against Souter.
June 30, 1992 |
Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony M. Kennedy and David H. Souter were reviled Monday by Randy Terry, chairman of the Operation Rescue anti-abortion group, for their cowardice and betrayal, but fellow Justice Harry A. Blackmun lauded them for "an act of personal courage and constitutional principle." O'Connor, Kennedy and Souter had rejected pleas by the Bush Administration and other anti-abortion advocates to overturn the 1973 Roe vs.
September 18, 1990 |
Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter wrapped up his Senate testimony Monday after portraying himself as a judicial moderate and virtually assuring his confirmation to the high court. Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee before which he appeared agreed on two points: Souter's performance had been splendid and they had no idea how he would rule on most divisive questions, such as abortion. "Many of us aren't sure what you are going to do on these litmus test issues," said Sen.
May 7, 2009 |
As if President Obama did not have enough on his plate! He will soon need to nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace David H. Souter, who intends to retire. While Obama is at it -- and to make things easier next time around -- perhaps he should consider nominating a second justice now, to fill whatever vacancy might arise after Souter's departure. Souter's formal letter to Obama indicates that he will step down at the end of this term -- presumably late June.
March 27, 1991 |
The Supreme Court on Tuesday knocked down one of the pillars of constitutional law--that a coerced confession never can be used against an accused person in court. From now on, courts will not automatically overturn the convictions of defendants who were pressured by police officers into admitting their guilt. If there is enough additional evidence to justify the guilty verdict, the conviction will stand. The ruling came on a 5-4 vote in an opinion by Chief Justice William H.
July 24, 1990 |
Although few senators had ever heard of David H. Souter before Monday, early signs were favorable that his nomination to the Supreme Court would be approved by the Senate. A big plus for him is the strong backing of widely respected Sen. Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.), who helped bring Souter to President Bush's attention and lavished praise on his longtime friend throughout the Capitol.
July 26, 1990 |
Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter made the traditional courtesy calls on Senate leaders Wednesday as Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh warned Democrats that probing the nominee about his views on specific issues "verged on the improper." Responding to questions after a speech at the National Press Club, Thornburgh also hinted that Souter may not respond to inquiries regarding his opinions on controversial cases likely to face the high court.
July 24, 1990 |
In selecting a respected but little-known jurist with almost no track record on the explosive issue of abortion, President Bush has substantially reduced the risk of a bitter election-year battle over his choice to succeed retired Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. While nothing can guarantee that the nominee--former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice David H.