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Justice Stevens says he will 'surely' retire during Obama's presidency
The Hill ^

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.

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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."

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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.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhojudicialnominees; bhosscotus; bork; stevens
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This will be battle royal.....
1 posted on 04/03/2010 1:56:25 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
This will be battle royal.....

Why, and between who?

2 posted on 04/03/2010 1:59:01 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Sub-Driver

This proves Stevens’ is all about liberal policy not objective jurisprudence.


3 posted on 04/03/2010 2:00:55 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Sub-Driver

Ali-Frazier


4 posted on 04/03/2010 2:01:01 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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].


5 posted on 04/03/2010 2:01:17 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Sub-Driver

Hiliary!


6 posted on 04/03/2010 2:01:58 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


7 posted on 04/03/2010 2:02:43 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: circlecity
This proves Stevens’ is all about liberal policy not objective jurisprudence.

He hadn't proven that already?

8 posted on 04/03/2010 2:02:47 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Sub-Driver
surely retire in during Obama’s presidency.”

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.

9 posted on 04/03/2010 2:04:52 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Sub-Driver

Which minority will Baraq Sheik Obama pander to this time?


10 posted on 04/03/2010 2:05:31 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: Sub-Driver

oh carp!


11 posted on 04/03/2010 2:06:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Free Men will always be armed with the Truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Time for a new nominee to the Supreme Court...May I present Mini-Me."



That's Massachusetts governor, all-around moonbat and likely loser in November, Deval Patrick. He and the (allegedly) wise latina would be the best of friends.
12 posted on 04/03/2010 2:06:13 PM PDT by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


13 posted on 04/03/2010 2:06:33 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Sub-Driver
"I want to make it in a way that's best for the court."

Best for the socialist court, you mean.

14 posted on 04/03/2010 2:06:42 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: circlecity

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. ...


15 posted on 04/03/2010 2:07:10 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Sub-Driver

left wing supremes


16 posted on 04/03/2010 2:07:18 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: circlecity

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.


17 posted on 04/03/2010 2:07:19 PM PDT by AlanD
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; Norman Bates; zendari; Liz; ...

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.


18 posted on 04/03/2010 2:07:19 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well no duh....the guy’s like 6000 years old.


19 posted on 04/03/2010 2:07:22 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: All

I thought he died five years ago and his clerks had him stuffed.


20 posted on 04/03/2010 2:07:28 PM PDT by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: Sub-Driver

All the more reason to vote as many Dhimmies out as possible in 2010.


21 posted on 04/03/2010 2:08:37 PM PDT by Bean Counter (I keeps mah feathers numbered, for just such an emergency...)
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To: Red Steel

I think Republicans can filibuster this in the Senate indefinitely if they have the guts. Correct me if I’m wrong.


22 posted on 04/03/2010 2:11:43 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: circlecity
Well yeah. It almost doesn't matter, since it is hard to imagine how anyone oculd be worse than he is now. Just stretches out the vile obscene incompetence for another thirty years or so, is all.
23 posted on 04/03/2010 2:12:04 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: LostInBayport

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.


24 posted on 04/03/2010 2:12:23 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


25 posted on 04/03/2010 2:12:31 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: newnhdad
I thought he died five years ago and his clerks had him stuffed.

That was Larry King. If you look real close, you can see the marionette strings hooked to his suspenders.
26 posted on 04/03/2010 2:12:45 PM PDT by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not likely.

The emperor will have his say, and woe unto he who dares to get in the way.


27 posted on 04/03/2010 2:13:03 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
Anything that officially creates “ex-Governor Deval Patrick” will make me feel much better.

You got that right!

28 posted on 04/03/2010 2:14:02 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Sub-Driver

“This will be battle royal.....”

Just like it was a battle royal during the confirmations of Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Bryer.


29 posted on 04/03/2010 2:14:55 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Sub-Driver

“...Stevens, who turns 90 later this month...”
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My mom will be 90 in June, God willing.
I cringe at the thought of her making important decisions.


30 posted on 04/03/2010 2:17:57 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Greetings, and how are you today, comrade?)
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To: onyx
Souter was named by a Republican but waited for a Democrat to be able to pick his successor.

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.

31 posted on 04/03/2010 2:19:54 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

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.


32 posted on 04/03/2010 2:24:28 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: Gaffer
"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]. "

..with light skin and no discernable Negro dialect

33 posted on 04/03/2010 2:26:22 PM PDT by evad (Don't kill Jack!!)
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To: evad

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


34 posted on 04/03/2010 2:31:25 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"I think Republicans can filibuster this in the Senate indefinitely if they have the guts. Correct me if I’m wrong."

If not for McCain, Snowe, Collins, Graham --- did miss any other RINOs?

35 posted on 04/03/2010 2:38:06 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


36 posted on 04/03/2010 2:40:09 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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This will be battle royal...

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.

37 posted on 04/03/2010 2:41:33 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


38 posted on 04/03/2010 2:50:24 PM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: Fresh Wind

It’s not going to be an ethic minority, it’s going to be a FDRQ, watch and see.


39 posted on 04/03/2010 2:56:20 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: Bean Counter

Amen brother!!! And I love the Fog Horn Leghorn tag line.


40 posted on 04/03/2010 3:02:32 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Sub-Driver

Another wise Latina?


41 posted on 04/03/2010 3:08:41 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: newnhdad; mockingbyrd

Nice words about a sitting member of SCOTUS.


42 posted on 04/03/2010 3:09:06 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
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.

Exhibit A vs the GOP is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Do you know how many of the then-45 Republicans voted against her?

43 posted on 04/03/2010 3:12:24 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Let tyrants shake their iron rod, and slavery clank her galling chains)
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To: Sub-Driver
JP Stevens being replaced by another leftist enemy of the constitution is sad. The real tragedy, however, is that this cultural Marxist will likely be someone younger than 50 and will be assaulting our freedoms for the rest of our lives.
44 posted on 04/03/2010 3:27:12 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (What (child) would Mohammad do?)
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Hopefully it will take Obama a while to find a trans-gendered, afro-hispani-muslim candidate.


45 posted on 04/03/2010 3:44:27 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Tzimisce

I’ll bet it is a “history making” out homo or transgender
God help us.


46 posted on 04/03/2010 3:46:04 PM PDT by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“if they have the guts” being the key phrase there.


47 posted on 04/03/2010 3:47:11 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Control the American people? Herding cats would be easier.)
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To: onyx; SE Mom; Bahbah; hoosiermama; Liz; maggief; rodguy911

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

~ ~ ~ ~

MSNBC’s David Shuster may be cut loose

MSNBC anchor David Shuster might be in hot water. He wasn’t on at his normal 3 p.m. time yesterday, soon after his bosses learned that he’d shot a pilot for rival cable news network CNN. The New York Observer reported online that Shuster co-anchored the pilot with NPR’s Michel Martin. “If true, this is unacceptable and David will be punished appropriately,” an MSNBC spokesman told Page Six. Shuster couldn’t be reached.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/anchor_cut_loose_WOGvgu8jwYCWEV6dwgMijP#ixzz0k4rrhuOQ


48 posted on 04/03/2010 3:47:12 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


49 posted on 04/03/2010 3:54:25 PM PDT by freespirited (I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. --Robert Frost)
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To: SmokingJoe

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.


50 posted on 04/03/2010 3:54:51 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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