As President Obama prepares to choose his first Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter, former colleagues and students say he will likely favor a pragmatist with a limited view of the role of courts, reports the New York Times. Many American presidents have been lawyers, but almost none have come to office with Obama’s knowledge of the Supreme Court. Before he was 30, he was editing articles by eminent legal scholars on the court’s decisions. Later, as a law professor, he led students through landmark cases from Plessy v. Ferguson to Bush v. Gore. In interviews,...

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