David who? was the initial reaction of Americans to a little-known judge from New Hampshire named in 1990 to sit on the nation's highest court. Even the nominee didn't know what to think when President George H.W. Bush called him with the news, telling supporters, "I was in a state of virtual shock."
Now, more than 18 years later, Souter plans to retire after the current term recesses in June, he said Friday in a letter to the White House.
David Hackett Souter had been on a federal appeals court bench only for a few months when he was tapped to replace liberal lion William Brennan, a choice many Republicans hoped would move the high court rightward and reshape American law. Read full article »