8 Lawyers Obama May Pick for Supreme Court





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Published on Dec 17, 2012

(Bloomberg Law) -- An aging U.S. Supreme Court has observers wondering: which justice will step down next?

Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy -- both appointed by Ronald Reagan -- are 76. If either retires, President Obama could create a liberal majority. A replacement for Stephen Breyer, 74, would probably maintain the court's conservative/liberal balance.

But most observers believe Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire first. Appointed by President Clinton, she's the oldest justice at 79 and has been treated for cancer twice.

SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein believes California Attorney General Kamala Harris would be the most likely to replace her. He says she's "a female Barack Obama in some sense."

Bloomberg News reports that other names circulating for Ginsburg's seat are Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Virginia Seitz and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

If another justice steps down first, Obama's shortlist could include federal appellate judges Merrick Garland, Mary Murguia, Jacqueline Nguyen and Sidney Thomas.

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