Supreme Court Papers
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has donated his papers to the New Hampshire Historical Society, but with the caveat that they be closed for the next fifty years. This has caused some dismay, but unlike presidential papers, there are no set rules about what documents must be kept and eventually made public. This comes close on the heels of the release of the second batch of the papers of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Tony Mauro, a reporter for the National Law Journal, has been going through the papers and reporting his findings on Law.com and the Blog of Legal Times (a blog run by both the National Law Journal and Legal Times). One recent article even included a copy of a letter to Justice Rehnquist from the late Sen. Ten Kennedy. These papers are not only an interesting window into our legal history, but also a look at the lives of these Justices. They also often speak to current issues. Go take a look.