Supreme Court Justice Souter to retire and Reaction of ballot access expert

(excerpt from) NY Times
Souter Plans to Leave Supreme Court

By PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY / Published: April 30, 2009

WASHINGTON — Justice David H. Souter has indicated that he plans to retire at the end of the term in June, giving President Obama his first appointment to the Supreme Court, three people informed about the decision said Thursday night…

A spokeswoman for the court said Thursday night that Justice Souter, 69, “has no comment on these reports that he is planning to resign.”

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(excerpt from) Ballot Access News
Justice David Souter to retire

Souter has never seemed very interested in the problems of minor parties or independent candidates…

Souter supported debate inclusion for government-sponsored debates in the 1998 case Arkansas Educational TV Commission v Forbes, and he supported fusion in the 1997 case Timmons v Twin Cities Area New Party. But, in his separate dissent in Timmons, he said that the argument that the “two-party system” needs to be protected is a strong argument…

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