"an impartial guardian of the law, [he] has worn the judicial robe with honor and humility, he has applied the Constitution and the laws of the land with fidelity and restraint."
"One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law"And in the seminal internet free speech case of Reno v ACLU (1997) which struck down the Communication Decency Act's (CDA's) anti-indecency provisions, Justice Stevens stated:
President Obama is now charged with finding a new Justice who will be the second appointee of Obama's administration so far. Last summer, President Obama nominated Justice Sotomayor to the Supreme Court after Justice Souter stepped down. The political make-up of the bench is not set to change (its still a conservative court), but there has already been some rumblings of a potential Republican filibuster in the event of an 'undesirable' nomination from the Obama administration. For those West Wing fans amongst you, please watch the 39th episode of West Wing entitled "The Stackhouse Filibuster."