Skip to comments.Justice Stevens says he will 'surely' retire during Obama's presidency
Posted on 04/03/2010 1:56:25 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Justice Stevens says he will 'surely' retire during Obama's presidency By Jordan Fabian - 04/03/10 04:47 PM ET
The usually reticent with the press Justice John Paul Stevens gave two major interviews this weekend that provide new information about if and when he will retire from the bench.
Speculation has arisen that Stevens, 89, will step down sooner rather than later. The White House is preparing for confirmation proceedings over the summer, the New York Times wrote Saturday.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Stevens, who is considered a member of the liberal wing of the Court, Stevens said he will "surely retire in during Obama's presidency. His first term expires in January 2013:
Whether it is this year or the next, he said, he will hand President Obama his second chance to leave a lasting mark on the nine-member Supreme Court. "I will surely do it while he's still president," Stevens said.
Stevens, who turns 90 later this month, isn't quite ready to say. "I can tell you that I love the job and deciding whether to leave it is a very difficult decision," he said in an interview. "But I want to make it in a way that's best for the court."
He acknowledged that he had told a reporter early last month that he would decide in about 30 days, but laughed that he hoped "that wasn't being treated as a statute of limitations."
The Times reported that he said:
I do have to fish or cut bait, just for my own personal peace of mind and also in fairness to the process, he said. The president and the Senate need plenty of time to fill a vacancy.
Why, and between who?
This proves Stevens’ is all about liberal policy not objective jurisprudence.
I guess the next candidate will be a wise-Kenyan with a rich wealth of sociological and ethnic experience from which to warp the most brilliant God-inspired words put to paper [Excluding the Bible].
Aw geez, what happened to his promise that he would retire during a Republican presidency because he was nominated to the bench during a Republican presidency?
Old age and a change of politics I guess.
He hadn't proven that already?
Just do it after January next year that's all. We are gonna keep holding up the next 0bama loony left nominee till 2013 when we take over. No more third rate, mediocre, abortion loving , racist, "wise Latina's" for the SCOTUS.
Which minority will Baraq Sheik Obama pander to this time?
There are more than 40 GOP Senators but with Snowe, Collins, Graham, McCain there is no hope of holding the filibuster on the most aggregious nominees. Exhibit A - Sonia Sotomayor.
Best for the socialist court, you mean.
Repubs should try to stall the confirmation hearings until after the elections in November and until the new Congress gets seated. Fight them all the way... Bork and Bork and Bork. ...
left wing supremes
Gerald Ford’s “gift” to the American people. Not only 36 years of this left-wing dirt-bag, but ANOTHER 36 years of Obama’s left=winger.
This is going to be very, very big when it comes down. If JPS waits until after the 2010 elections to retire, maybe Obama & Company will be to cowed to nominate a radical.
Well no duh....the guy’s like 6000 years old.
I thought he died five years ago and his clerks had him stuffed.
All the more reason to vote as many Dhimmies out as possible in 2010.
I think Republicans can filibuster this in the Senate indefinitely if they have the guts. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Deval Patrick has a better chance of replacing Eric Holder for the Deputy AG slot. Anything that officially creates “ex-Governor Deval Patrick” will make me feel much better.
I’m sure he will, so that Obama will have the chance to appoint another liberal to the court. God forbid Stevens holds off retiring, and a conservative Republican is elected President in 2012. He’d kick himself if THAT happened!
The emperor will have his say, and woe unto he who dares to get in the way.
You got that right!
“This will be battle royal.....”
Just like it was a battle royal during the confirmations of Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Bryer.
“...Stevens, who turns 90 later this month...”
My mom will be 90 in June, God willing.
I cringe at the thought of her making important decisions.
Stevens may want to retire before the November elections so that Obama can pick a further-to-the-left replacement than may be possible next year. But even if the Republicans regain control of the Senate, all Obama has to do is pick a minority nominee and enough of the Republicans will vote for him or her out of fear of being called racists.
I think we have Clarence Thomas in there because of the Gulf War--Bush's popularity right afterwards made Thurgood Marshall assume he would be re-elected. He could have stayed on the court until his death and then Clinton would have chosen his replacement.
Stevens is an @ss*ole and Obama will pick a young, radical and likely before November. Unless one or more of our five meet our Creator, we’ll be all right until 2012 when we can anticipate retirements and our own appointments.
..with light skin and no discernable Negro dialect
I’m not concerned about the skin color. I am concerned about unqualified, America-hating socialists, having access to the decisions made in this country. Diversity is no reason or excuse to judicially bastardize the Constitution
If not for McCain, Snowe, Collins, Graham --- did miss any other RINOs?
He better hurry up, he has less than a year until Republicans control Congress and less than three years till Obama is a former president.
I doubt it. The only good news is Obama could search the Taliban, retired KGB or his own Ameeican Nazi Party and could not find a worse Supreme Court Justice. He'll have to settle for one just as bad.
Retire, pinko, and let the fun begin!
Democrat and ‘Moderate’ (stands for nothing) RINOs should be driven crazy by faxes, telephone calls and emails to block ANY candidate proposed by the communist traitor!
It’s not going to be an ethic minority, it’s going to be a FDRQ, watch and see.
Amen brother!!! And I love the Fog Horn Leghorn tag line.
Another wise Latina?
Nice words about a sitting member of SCOTUS.
Exhibit A vs the GOP is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Do you know how many of the then-45 Republicans voted against her?
Hopefully it will take Obama a while to find a trans-gendered, afro-hispani-muslim candidate.
I’ll bet it is a “history making” out homo or transgender
God help us.
“if they have the guts” being the key phrase there.
Ooops ... a possible exit .. and who knew
he had the capability to possibly be
unethical....(snark!) And we’d be so
sad, wouldn’t we ?? ................ NOT!
But why .. he’ll just make CNN worse .. LOL
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You are right. More important is keeping nominations from even getting to the floor. The only reason we have Sotomayor is because Flimsy Graham caved in the Judiciary committee. If he had voted no, her nomination never would have gone to the Senate floor.
No SCOTUS nomination leaves the Judiciary committee unless at least one member of the minority party gives a thumbs up. We had every GOP member —even Hatch—vote no on Sonia. Grahamnesty screwed us bigtime.
I think he might do it now so that he can get the most liberal replacment possible since after january there would be no guaranty that a radical marxist could be approved like they could right at this moment.
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