David Hackett Souter (born September 17, 1939) is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served from October 1990 until his retirement in June 2009. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to fill the seat vacated by William J. Brennan, Jr..
- What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough – as they might do, for example, another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown – some one person will come forward and say, "Give me total power, and I will solve this problem." That is how the Roman republic fell….That is how democracy dies. And if something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about at night.
- With Margaret Warner at ‘Constitutionally Speaking’ in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 14, 2012: David Souter Gets Rock Star Welcome, Offers Constitution Day Warning | PBS NewsHour
- I think the case is so strong that I can tell you the day you see a camera come into our courtroom, it's going to roll over my dead body.
- On Cameras in Supreme Court, Souter Says, 'Over My Dead Body', The New York Times, March 30, 1996