Justice Stevens to Retire?

Marc Ambinder tweets:

RT @davecatanese: Howard Fineman scoop?: Justice Stevens will retire by next spring. Meaning confirmation hearings right b4 2010 midterms.

It wouldn't come as much of a surprise that Justice John Paul Stevens would consider retirement; at age 89, he is one of the oldest jurists in the history of the Court, and considering the great likelihood that he would prefer being replaced with someone whose outlook towards the constitution is similar to his the timing is not likely to get better. What's more, Stevens' scant hiring for clerks for the next term already has the Court-watchers wondering. Still, if this story does pan out, it will be huge and will, as Ambinder alludes to, suck up a lot of oxygen leading into the 2010 midterms.

Tags: John Paul Stevens, SCOTUS (all tags)

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Re: Justice Stevens to Retire?

You beat me by four minutes. Was about to post this:

In what's generally the biggest indicator of impending retirement, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has only hired one clerk for the coming 2010-2011 session. Newsweek's Howard Fineman added fuel to that fire on The Chris Matthews Show this morning:

There's been talk that Justice John Paul Stevens may retire. I'm told by former clerks of his that it's definite; that by next spring, he'll announce that he's leaving which means that Barack Obama will have more research to do about somebody else to appoint.

H/T calchala's Daily Kos diary.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-09-13 10:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Justice Stevens to Retire?

Why couldn't it be Thomas? Not that getting some younger liberals on the court will hurt either.

by JDF 2009-09-13 10:54AM | 0 recs
Well, now we see if Obama played it foxy

with his first pick, because they went all "She is a far left ideologue" when in fact, she was a centerist replacing a centerist.

Now, select Diane Wood, replace a liberal WITH a liberal.

I can see Jefferson Sessions pin-head explode over that one....

by WashStateBlue 2009-09-13 11:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Justice Stevens to Retire?

I am not sure why his former clerks would have the scoop on this.  Just last week, Deborah Pearlstein said she had no idea, and it didn't sound like she would expect to be in the know, either.

by Steve M 2009-09-13 11:06AM | 0 recs
if it's like this year

They would hold confirmation hearings in the summer and wrap it up by the August recess. I don't think this will be a big issue in the midterm elections.

by desmoinesdem 2009-09-13 11:22AM | 0 recs
Re: if it's like this year

In '06, the theme of both the summer and fall was Iraq and corruption. In '10, if the theme of the summer is SCOTUS, then the theme of the fall will be packed into a more compressed timeframe than it was in '06. Or, it will take away from the confirmation stories. Either way, there will be an effect on the storyline.

by Nathan Empsall 2009-09-13 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Justice Stevens to Retire?

I hope Stevens does retire soon, the important thing is that he is replaced by a young liberal and that is more likely to happen with the current congress than the next congress.

by liberalj 2009-09-13 01:09PM | 0 recs
If Stevens retires

Obama will almost certainly nominate a really good nominee, so lets start shitting all over him now before he spoils the fun. Sotomayor came at us so fast that we hardly had a chance to get all worked up!

by QTG 2009-09-13 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Justice Stevens to Retire?

Now if Kennedy would retire and Scalia would suffer from a heart attack, life would be fantastic.

by 30000Fine 2009-09-13 07:57PM | 0 recs

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