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.