February 5, 2010
Rumors of SCOTUS Retirements and Nominations
The speculation regarding the retirements of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens continues. "That can't be news," Stevens reportedly said, "I'm not exactly a kid." Ginsberg has seemingly not commented.
Following closely on any rumor of retirement is discussion of possible nominees. Among those being mentioned are Elana Kagan, Diane Wood (Judge on the Seventh Circuit, pictured below) and Cass Sunstein.
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Worthy candidates all, although I recall enthusiastically proclaiming some years ago that Sunstein's political orientation, legal temperament, and scholary work were in combination of the sort that would find him nominated for if not on the Supreme Court some day (and whatever reaction my comment solicited ranged from tepid to sceptical), so, if he is in fact nominated I'll feel vindicated although, alas, I can't make any larger claim to the possession of prescience in such matters. And I admit to wanting to see another woman on the Court, even if that costs Sunstein a nomination, hence two openings could be the best of all possible scenarios!
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Feb 5, 2010 3:12:16 PM