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Justice Stevens to retire

Justice John Paul Stevens made official today what he had given strong indications that he planned to do for almost a year: retire from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here’s the text of his letter to President Obama:

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, under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 371(b), effective the next day after the Court rises for the summer recess this year.

Most respectfully yours,
John Paul Stevens

Stevens is the senior justice on the court and considered a leader of its liberal bloc.

By Alan Cooper

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