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Posted on Apr 9, 2010
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Justice John Paul Stevens was appointed by President Gerald Ford in December 1975 to succeed Justice William O. Douglas, who had retired.

Liberal Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. The 89-year-old will step down when the court’s term ends in June or July, giving President Barack Obama the opportunity to make his second appointment to the high court. —JCL


Following is the text of the letter liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens sent to President Barack Obama on Friday announcing his resignation:

My dear Mr. President:

Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court’s next Term, I shall retire from regular active service as an Associate Justice ... effective the next day after the Court rises for the summer recess this year.

Most respectfully yours,

John Paul Stevens

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By Inherit The Wind, April 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

I actually thought Stevens would wait until after the November election so it wouldn’t be a red-meat issue for the “Re-thuglicans” who replaced the party he came from: the Republicans.

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By PatrickHenry, April 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Enough appeasement of the right, it does not work.

We as a nation need to evolve from the right and greed based corporate mentality to a fairer and morally responsible future.

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By Tim Kelly, April 9, 2010 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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I do not feel that we as progressives should cheer Obama’s opportunity to appoint another justice.  Obama is highly likely to nominate someone that will appease the Right.

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