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Justice Stephen Breyer Officially Retires From Supreme Court Thursday


Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer informed the White House he’ll formally retire at midday Thursday, clearing the way in which for Ketanji Brown Jackson to turn into the primary Black girl on the nation’s highest court docket.

“This past January, I wrote to inform you of my intent to retire from regular active service as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, upon the Court rising for its summer recess,” Breyer wrote to the president on Wednesday. “The Court has announced that tomorrow … it will hand down all remaining opinions ready during this Term. Accordingly, my retirement from active services … will be effective on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at noon.”

Breyer, 83, has served on the court docket since 1994, when he was nominated by President Bill Clinton. He most just lately dissented within the court docket’s determination to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which acknowledged Americans’ constitutional proper to abortion.

“It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the Rule of Law,” he concluded in his letter.

Jackson was confirmed in April after a contentious affirmation battle, in the end garnering a vote of 53-47 within the Senate. She will probably be sworn in at midday Thursday instantly after Breyer’s retirement is official, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the constitutional oath. Breyer will administer her judicial oath at a ceremony attended by her household.

Jackson clerked for Breyer for the Supreme Court’s 1999-2000 time period.

She would be the fourth present feminine justice on the court docket and turn into a part of its three-member liberal minority, becoming a member of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.


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