The next SCOTUS Justice?

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A case the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up over a Christian group’s challenge to UC Hastings College of the Law’s nondiscrimination policy for student groups could end up influencing the political debate over a possible vacancy on the court this summer.

In many ways, the case puts 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane P. Wood, one of the leading contenders for the eventual opening, in the same position that then-2nd Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor was in last year over her role in a case before the court last term.

Rumors have been circulating that Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest serving of the current justices, might resign at the end of the term since it emerged last summer that he’d only hired one clerk for next term.

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