The Court: Clearing The Bar

Clearing The Bar

Ever since Judge David Souter was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in July, legal scholars and interest groups have been poring over his record. Last week some of the scrutiny ended in a big boost for the candidate Justice when an American Bar Association screening committee unanimously handed him its highest rating of "well qualified" and said he met the highest standards of "integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament."

The next step in Souter's ordeal is a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, which is scheduled to begin later this week. The enigmatic New Englander will be closely questioned about his judicial...

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