Justice Stevens to step down


    President Barack Obama will have another seat to fill on the Supreme Court after Justice John Paul Stevens retires this summer.



     

     

     

     

     

     

    President Barack Obama will have another seat to fill on the Supreme Court after Justice John Paul Stevens retires this summer.


     
    The
    Washington Post reports that the justice, who is the longest serving member on the bench, announced his plans to retire Friday in a letter to “my dear Mr. President.”


     
    He wrote, "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court’s next Term, I shall retire from regular active service as an Associate Justice.”


     
    Justice Stevens won’t retire until the end of June, when SCOTUS goes on its summer break; he wanted to give the president enough lead time to nominate a well-suited replacement for him. John’s been the leader of SCOTUS’ liberal-minded justices since 1975, when he was confirmed as a justice.
     
    The White House has been expecting this news since last month when John, 89, said he intended to step down from the bench during President Obama’s tenure. 


     
    This is the second time in just under a year that the White House has had to consider who to put up for a spot on the Supreme Court. And this gives the president another chance to make another groundbreaking nomination for the appellate court.


     
    Justice Sonia Mayor was confirmed last August after being subjected to nearly two months of harsh scrutiny for the position.
     
    As of press time the president had not made a statement about Justice Stevens’ impending retirement.




     

     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge 



     

     

     

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