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Justice Souter May Be Retired, But He Still Works

Justice David Souter ever so politely interrupts an attorney making a complicated legal argument.

“May I ask you a question?” Souter asks. “I will tell you, you do not have to answer it as far as I’m concerned.”

Then Souter cuts to the chase, stinging the lawyer with an ethical question: “Do you believe you have a good faith basis in law to make that argument?”

For Souter, retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court last June has not meant retirement from the bench.

At the age of 70, he is unwilling to hang up his robe and is hearing cases one or two days a month for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, which handles federal appeals for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico.

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