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DAVID Hackett Souter was born in Melrose Massachusetts September 17 1939 Souter attended the local public school and was immediately recognized as a student of great promise Souters parents sent him to Concord High School he graduated in 1957 He continued his education at Harvard and later awarded a Rhodes scholarship to attend Oxford University for two years he studied jurisprudence at Magdalen College where he received bachelors and masters degrees Souter began his career in public service as an assistant attorney general in the criminal division He also performed special assignments for the attorney general and deputy attorney general His major cases included a murder prosecution arising out of a gangland killing and a dispute between the Atlantic coast states and the federal government over title to under-sea resources outside the three-mile territorial limit Gov Meldrin Thompson impressed with Souters work appointed him attorney general in 1976 in 1978 after two years as attorney general Souter was appointed associate justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court the states trial court of general jurisdiction In April 1990 President George Bush named Souter to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Three months later Justice William J Brennan Jr retired from the Supreme Court and Senator Rudman recommended that the presidnt appoint Souter to fill the seat On July 23 1990 Bush announced his intention to nominate Souter to the Court Souter was confirmed October 2 1990 by a 90-9 vote and took his seat on the Court a week later He has since emerged as the intellectual leader of the Courts centrist coalition often carving out a middle ground for other justices to join A moderate pragmatist Souter shows a strong respect for precedent This tendency was reflected in his first major opinion Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey 1992 which in an unusual move he wrote with Justices Sandra Day OConnor and Anthony Kennedy The Courts opinion permitted several state
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