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Candidates to replace Justice John Paul Stevens

The White House is searching for a replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens. The list includes some of those President Obama considered last year, when he chose Sonia Sotomayor, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York. At this point, White House aides, Democrats familiar with the process inside the administration and legal experts consider 6 candidates in the lead while others still bear watching.
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Governor Deval Patrick

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Year born: 1956
Education: Harvard College, J.D. Harvard Law School

Patrick (D) worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and served as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Clinton Justice Department before becoming a corporate lawyer. He was elected governor in 2006 and has had a rocky time in the job, but he is well-liked in the civil rights community. The appointment of an African-American would give Obama another "first" - never before has the court contained two blacks.

Experience: Governor of Massachusetts, Former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, private practice

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