Supreme Court Justices Want a Workhorse to Replace Souter

Supreme Court justices want President Obama's pick to be able to carry his or her load.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Supreme Court insiders reveal that unlike the press, Congress, and the public, the judges and their clerks are less interested in the politics of the next member to be nominated by President Obama than whether the person can handle the workload. "Can they pull the weight?" is how one insider described the main concern about Obama's choice to replace retiring Justice David Souter. Another issue on the bench: Will the new justice be easy to work with? While rookie judges usually aren't put in charge of many cases, the expectation that Obama could name three to four judges suggests that there will be a new judge on the bench fairly frequently, increasing the burden on the experienced members.

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