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Court: Seniority trumps disabled right

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that, all things being equal, a disabled employee cannot use federal law to get a job that would have gone to someone with se
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Justices mark White's death

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- Just hours after the flags were lowered on Capitol Hill Monday to mark the death of retired Justice Byron R. White, the members of the court paid tribute to the

Olson: 'Actual enumeration' not head count

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's top lawyer argued forcefully before the Supreme Court Wednesday that in requiring an "actual enumeration" for the census, the Constitu
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Supreme Court weighs school drug tests

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court spent a sometimes emotional hour Tuesday hearing argument on whether schools can force students in extracurricular activities to take drug tes
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NEW HOSTAGE POLICY The State Department says a new U.S. policy on responding to hostage taking and kidnappings will focus more attention on the abduction of private U.S. citizens.
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Court hears argument on executing retarded

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday heard argument on whether the execution of a person determined to be mentally retarded violated the constitutional ban on cruel
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High court leans toward vouchers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A slight majority of the Supreme Court Wednesday appeared to lean toward deciding that school vouchers are constitutional even when they support religious educa
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Court boosts Internet access

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court gave a big boost Wednesday to cable television systems trying to provide high-speed Internet and wireless access.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Bush vs. Gore: One year later

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- It was the best of decisions, it was the worst of decisions. It was a decision of wisdom, it was a decision of foolishness.
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Court looks at L.A. 'adult' ordinance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court is once again wrestling with the issue of free speech protection for sexual material.
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Court hears high-speed Internet case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday on a key element of high-speed Internet and wireless access.
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WAP2000031598 - 15 MARCH 2000 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices testify before the House Appropriations Committee, Commerce, Justice, State and Judicial Subcommittee on budgetary matters for the nation's highest court, in the U.S. Capitol, March 15. At left is Justice Clarence Thomas, right is Justice David Souter. rg/iw/Ian Wagreich UPI
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David Hackett Souter ( /ˈsuːtər/; born September 17, 1939) served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1990 until his retirement on June 29, 2009. Appointed by President George H. W. Bush to fill the seat vacated by William J. Brennan, Jr., Souter was the only Justice with extensive prior court experience outside of a federal appeals court, having served as a prosecutor, a state's attorney general, and as a judge on state trial and appellate courts. Souter sat on both the Rehnquist and Roberts courts, and was generally regarded as a liberal; others, however, felt he did not fit squarely into any ideological camp. Following Souter's retirement announcement, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor as his successor.

Souter was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1939, the only child of Joseph Alexander Souter (1904–1976) and Helen Adams Hackett Souter (1907–1995). At age 11, he moved with his family to their farm in Weare, New Hampshire.

Souter attended Concord High School in New Hampshire and went on to Harvard College, concentrating in philosophy and writing a senior thesis on the legal positivism of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. In 1961, he graduated from Harvard magna cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned an M.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1963. He then entered Harvard Law School, graduating in 1966.

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