Top SCOTUS prospect on her way to the White House?

Judge Diane Wood is heading to Washington -- could it be for a meeting with President Obama?

By Alex Koppelman
Published May 20, 2009 3:40PM (EDT)

Expect rumors about President Obama's choice to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court to start coming in fast and furious now. Both ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and Politico's Mike Allen have reported that Obama will be announcing his pick soon -- most likely not this week, but next -- and that means all eyes are on the White House, watching to see who's coming and who's going.

One person who might be headed there Wednesday is Judge Diane Wood, who's currently serving on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. ABC reports that Wood missed a class she normally teaches at the University of Chicago Law School on Tuesday afternoon, the given reason being that she was on her way to a judicial conference at Georgetown.

But as ABC's Jan Crawford Greenburg points out, Wood isn't on the program for the conference. And while it's certainly possible she could have just decided to attend, she didn't give her class any advance notice that she'd be going. Greenburg also reports that Wood has already gone through the vetting process and had an FBI background check.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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