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Leaked High Court Shortlist Has Six or Eight Names, or Maybe More

Posted May 14, 2009 6:53 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Reports of a new administration shortlist of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees differ on the number of names it holds.

The Associated Press says there are six names on the list, while CNN says there are “about half a dozen candidates” and the Wall Street Journal says the list is longer than the rumored six to eight names.

Obama is expected to make a final decision on a nominee by or near the end of May, AP says.

The six potential nominees, according to AP: Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; U.S. Appeals Court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Pamela Wood; and California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno. National Public Radio doesn’t have Moreno on the list, substituting instead U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland.

NPR cautions of possible errors. “Obama is said to be mulling over a short list of six names, but it's questionable how many of those names are for real,” its story says. “And those who know the president are not ruling out the possibility of other names as well.”

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