Justice Stevens Announces Retirement From Supreme Court


As widely expected, Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and the leader of its liberal wing, announced his retirement, giving President Obama his second chance to make a mark on the court, the Washington Post reports.

Stevens, who will turn 90 on April 20, told Obama he would leave the court when its term ends in June. Frontrunners to replace him are likely to include U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who Obama made the first woman to hold that post, and two appellate court judges, Diane Wood of Chicago and Merrick Garland of Washington, D..C. Kagan and Wood were interviewed by Obama last spring before he nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the court.

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