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Chicago's Diane Wood could be in running to replace Justice Stevens


WASHINGTON--With unconfirmed reports that Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is stepping down coming out on Friday, speculation rises on who will be President Obama's second Supreme Court nominee--with Chicago's Diane Wood one of the contenders. Wood has been a judge of the Chicago based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 1995 and was in the running for the seat Obama tapped Justice Sonia Sotomayor to fill. A Wood bio is here.


I'd love for Judge Wood to get the nod, but I doubt Obama's going to pull her off the 7th Circuit. She's the foil to Judges Easterbrook and Posner. Elena Kagan is a more likely choice--not doing anything terribly important politically, and also really good. Still, it'd be nice to have a University of Texas alumna on SCOTUS besides dumb old Tom C. Clark.

Jimmy, SCOTUS sounds like a disease or scrotum at best.

I believe we hold the Supreme Court Justices in higher esteem than a silly moniker don't you?

We use POTUS because of the television show "West Wing" and 99% of will admit to that. How about you?

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