Souter's retirement unlikely to move court
When President George H.W. Bush nominated Justice Souter to the court in 1990 to replace the liberal lion, William J. Brennan Jr., it was widely expected that he would become a reliable conservative vote who would help move the court to the right. It didn't happen.
Abortion rights supporters opposed his confirmation, fearing he would become a decisive vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Gay rights supporters disrupted one of his confirmation hearings and had to be removed from the chamber. But Justice Souter was one of the centrist judges who reaffirmed Roe and he was a decisive vote for throwing out state laws criminalizing gay sex.