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Expert available to address selection process for next Supreme Court justice


Posted: May 1, 2009



(Denver, Colo.) — Today, President Barack Obama announced that he has received notice from Supreme Court Justice David Souter of his plans for retirement. With the announcement comes the challenging task of finding a replacement before the first Monday in October, when the next Supreme Court session begins. So, what goes into selecting and seating a Supreme Court Justice?

Metropolitan State College of Denver Political Science Professor Norman Provizer is available to discuss this dynamic process. Some may automatically think that finding a sitting judge is the next step, but that’s not necessarily the case, according to Provizer. “It doesn’t need to be a sitting judge,” says Provizer. “The best justices have had no judicial experience.”

To coordinate an interview, contact Angelia McGowan at 303-501-0752 or Professor Provizer directly at his cell 303-809-5696.

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