On Replacing Justice Souter

From Reuters, “Obama’s pick may not shift Supreme Court direction“:

The experts said Souter’s replacement would face important business issues, including whether to put new constitutional limits on punitive damage awards designed to punish companies for past misconduct.

“Our general preference is for judges who follow what is written in the law and who do not make up new rights,” said Quentin Riegel, vice president for litigation at the National Association of Manufacturers.

He hoped Obama would appoint someone with experience in business cases, similar to John Roberts whom then-President George W. Bush appointed as chief justice in 2005.

To summarize: Souter replacement may or may not have an effect on the court, and NAM favors rule-of-law judges who understand business.

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