Obama confirms Souter retirement

May 1, 2009 1:39:51 PM PDT
President Barack Obama says he will nominate an individual who is "dedicated to the rule of law" to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The president interrupted his press secretary's regular White House briefing to tell reporters he had just spoken by phone with Souter. Obama said he told Souter he was "incredibly grateful for his dedicated service."

The president said he wants Souter's replacement to be confirmed by the Senate and seated on the court by the time the new court session begins in early October.

Obama said Souter has shown what it means to be a fair-minded and independent judge.

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