Souter the Extremist; Rumors of His Moderation Were Exaggerated

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Souter the Extremist; Rumors of His Moderation Were Exaggerated


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Supreme Court Justice David Souter will not be missed when he retires after this term. He wrote few memorable opinions. He enthusiastically, but without distinction, joined those justices who embraced whatever justifications were handy to support ever-more-liberal policy outcomes. The nation deserves better from his replacement.

To understand how weakly Justice Souter was moored to traditional methods of legal interpretation, consider the case of National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley. Mr. Souter was the only justice to dissent from a decision upholding the right of Congress to condition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts on general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public. Not even liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens or Stephen Breyer agreed with Justice Souter that the Constitution bars Congress from placing such reasonable limits on uses of taxpayer funds.

Mr. Souter's extremist position on abortion puts to rest the popular canard that he is a moderate. He was one of the four justices who unsuccessfully argued in Gonzales v. Carhart that states are not free to ban the moral atrocity known as partial-birth abortion. This position puts Justice Souter at odds with a consistent 70 percent or so of the American public. …

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