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Monday, May 11, 2020

Justice Souter and Bushrod Washington

I have a question for any clerks of Justice Souter who care to answer. I'm told that the Justice at some point had a portrait of Justice Washington in his chambers. I am trying to confirm whether this is true. If anyone can shed any light on this, I would be grateful for your assistance.

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on May 11, 2020 at 10:13 AM | Permalink


There is quick view of Souter's chambers in this video and there is a portrait in the office though hard to tell who it is. [about 20m in]


Posted by: Joe | May 12, 2020 10:18:48 PM

Maybe as a negative one, I quote:

At his desk—behind which hangs a portrait of Chief Justice (and fellow New Hampshirite) Harlan Fiske Stone—Souter writes his opinions in a script that is both elegant and indecipherable. (A computer sits off to the side, gathering dust; Souter has no idea how to use it.) He reads by natural light his clerks' bench memos, which unlike those for other justices are a mere two pages long, since Souter doesn't delegate the reading of briefs to his subordinates. He has lunch in his chambers: plain yogurt and an apple. (He eats the whole apple, seeds and all.)



Posted by: El roam | May 11, 2020 10:31:36 AM

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