Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Set To Retire

In Summary

Many are hoping Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement will give Biden the opportunity to appoint a Black woman as his successor.  

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he will retire from the highest court at the end of his current term.  

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According to NBC News, Breyer is one of the last remaining liberal justices. His retirement comes after more than 27 years on the court and allows President Joe Biden to appoint a successor.  

President Bill Clinton appointed Breyer in 1994. He was often at odds with conservative justices because he believed the interpretation of the Constitution should change with the times, while they believed it should be based on the intent of the country’s founders.  

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He is well known for opposing the banning of some late-term abortions. Additionally, he supported affirmative action and said the death penalty was unconstitutional.  

Breyer, who is 83 years old, is the court’s oldest member. He has been urged to retire while Democrats have control of the White House and Senate. 

Democrats said the same about the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was urged to step down during the Obama administration so he could appoint a successor. Ginsburg stayed, despite health problems, but passed away during the Trump administration, paving the way for conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett to be appointed.  

Progressive group Demand Justice is urging Biden to appoint a Black woman. Last year, they hired a truck to drive around with a sign that said “Breyer Retire. It’s time for a Black woman Supreme Court justice,” NBC reported.  

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Likely contenders for Breyer’s seat include Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson and Leondra Kruger. Biden is expected to quickly nominate a successor who can be appointed before the start of the next term in October.  

This is a developing story. 

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