David Souter

Feb 14, 2016 11:15 AM

NH's David Souter mourns the passing of his colleague Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

HOPKINTON - The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia led to statements of condolence from several New Hampshire leaders, but perhaps no one who knew Scalia as well as his former colleague David Souter.

Souter served on the U.S. Supreme Court from October 1990 until his retirement in June 2009, a period of time that overlapped with Scalia's.

"He was my friend, and he will be missed," Souter told NH1 News.

Republican members of N.H.'s Congressional delegation issued public statements after learning of Scalia's passing.

"Our country has lost a staunch defender of our Constitution and a brilliant jurist, and I am very grateful for his distinguished service to our nation. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time,” Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said.

"He loved our country and legal traditions, clear in his opinions, displaying a deep understanding and passion for Americans’ inalienable rights. Known for his wit and forceful writing, his decisions will live on in his shaping of the Court. New Hampshire mourns his loss this evening," wrote Congressman Frank Guinta.

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