Justice Stevens to Retire?
by Jonathan Singer, Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 10:47:23 AM EDT
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.