Came across this great David Souter New York Times piece from 1994. One really feels closer to him after reading it.
The biography shows its age at the end, predicting a John Paul Stevens retirement in 1995. Today, the Justice is still active and actually called out Souter on his unexpected retirement:
As Justice Blackmun accurately stated when Justice White advised us of his proposed retirement from the Court, an announcement of this kind “is an emotional occasion.” Because Justice Souter is such a good friend, my first reaction to his decision is one of real personal loss. Because I am confident that I know how his professional work will be judged by future historians, my more important reaction is that the Court will suffer a far greater loss than many now realize. I wish he had postponed the decision that he has just announced.
Souter’s retirement flooded my “Law” category in Google Reader with posts. Notably, Religion Clause pulls through with a list of relevant opinions he authored. Reading material is in ample supply.
Finally, The Onion regularly slips old articles that feature subjects that are in the news into its RSS feed; I’m glad this one came up:
“Under penalty of perjury, I swear to God, there is this one chick who is completely hot for Souter,” Stevens said. “She personally attested to this fact during a conversation I recently overheard that I am not at liberty to discuss in any detail. Saturday is his night, man.”
If only reality were as cute as parody. Excerpt from the Times piece:
Souter’s ascension to Superior Court also marked other milestones. First, his departure as Attorney General allowed him to begin dating a female lawyer in the office, Ann Cagwin. His romantic interest in Cagwin, his closest friends attest, was the most serious attachment of his life. No American is more discreet about his private life than David Souter, but when his relationship ended with Cagwin, who is now married and living in Maine, its demise left Souter emotionally crushed.