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David Souter was one of the most private and low-key justices on the Supreme Court. He rarely gives interviews or speeches. Yet his tenure was anything but low-key. Souter, considered a “home run” nominee by the George H.W. Bush administration, declined to answer questions during his confirmation hearing on pressing issues, most crucially about abortion rights and the Republicans’ quest to unseat Roe. v. Wade. He was overwhelmingly confirmed. Then, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and other decisions, Suter failed the expectations of the party that nominated him. Why? Produced by WNYC Studios’ “More Perfect” and hosted by Julia Longoria, this episode explains how “No More Sutter” became the Republican rallying cry, and Souter’s role on the bench How tenure sparked a backlash that changed the Supreme Court forever.
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