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As you've probably heard, US Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement last night, though he won't actually step down from the bench until

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Justice Gregoire?

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As you've probably heard, US Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement last night, though he won't actually step down from the bench until a replacement is confirmed. Now, speculation on judicial nominees tends to be wildly inaccurate, but it's worth noting that this morning's New York Times story cited a familiar figure as a potential nominee:

During the campaign, Mr. Obama spoke of his admiration of former Chief Justice Earl M. Warren, citing as a special virtue his practical political experience as a former governor of California. If Mr. Obama were to look to a political figure with a strong legal background, he could turn to an old friend, Deval Patrick, now the Massachusetts governor, Christine Gregoire, governor of Washington, or Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of Michigan. (emphasis ours)

Who knows how she'd be as a justice, but she's been pretty tough as a clemency judge (with perhaps a recent exception).

 
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