Diane Wood Has White House Interview for Supreme Court

This June 2008 photo provided by the University of Chicago shows Judge Diane Wood. The 59-year-old has a paper trail of opinions that appears most likely to generate sustained opposition from Senate Republicans and conservative interest groups. Even as she was being considered last year, conservatives cited her opinion in a 2001 case that went against anti-abortion protesters who wanted to blockade clinics. The Supreme Court reversed the ruling.<p>But she also has served for 15 years as a judge on the same court as two prominent conservatives, Judges Frank Easterbrook and Richard Posner. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is noted for its collegiality, despite ideological divisions, a point that could appeal to Obama. <br><br> <b><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/09/politics/main6379220.shtml" class="linkIcon read">Supreme Court Justice Stevens Retiring</a><br> <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/05/politics/main6366318.shtml" class="linkIcon read">Prospects are Kagan, Wood, Garland</a></b>
AP Photo/University of Chicago, Lloyd DeGrane, File
AP Photo/University of Chicago, Lloyd DeGrane, File

President Obama and Vice President Biden interviewed a fourth contender for the Supreme Court today, federal appeals court Judge Diane Wood, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.

Wood, a highly respected jurist on the Chicago-based appeals court, was on Mr. Obama's short list last year.

A White House source says the president is not necessarily done with the interviews.

Last week, Mr. Obama interviewed federal appeals court Judges Merrick Garland and Sidney Thomas, as well as Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

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