Justice Stevens: I May Retire

Supreme Court's liberal leader says he'll leave within three years
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2010 11:20 AM CDT
In this Oct. 31, 2005, file photo, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens joins the members of the Supreme Court for photos during a group portrait session, at the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – John Paul Stevens would like to make a decision about retiring from the Supreme Court within the next month, he reveals in a new interview. “I still have my options open,” he tells Jeffrey Toobin in a lengthy New Yorker profile. “You can say I will retire within the next three years. I’m sure of that.” In 2 years Stevens, now 89, would be the longest-serving justice ever, but he says he’s “never felt any interest in trying to break any records.”

The Gerald Ford appointee says he always considered himself a Republican, but these days he’s seen as a liberal icon. Asked if it mattered which president replaced him, Stevens replied, “I’d rather not answer that,” but added that he has “great admiration” for President Obama “and certainly think he’s capable of picking successfully, you know, doing a good job of filling vacancies.”

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