Justice Stevens Is 88, and Not Looking to Play More Bridge

Lefty judge shows no signs of stepping down
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2008 10:04 AM CST
Members of the US Supreme Court sit for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington in this March 3, 2006 file photo.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama can’t make his much-anticipated mark on the Supreme Court until a justice retires—and at 88, his most likely candidate, John Paul Stevens, has shown no mind to leave, the Washington Post reports. The second-oldest justice in Court history is in great shape, the Post notes, telecommuting from Florida, playing tennis, and swimming in the ocean.

Stevens says he might have quit a decade ago if the workload was as heavy now as it was when he took the job in 1975. “I have to say I think we were taking too many cases when I joined the court,” he told law students yesterday. But “it’s still a full-time job.” Also considered likely to make an exit are fellow left-leaning jurists Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, and David Souter, 69.