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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Retiring

It’s retirement Friday, it seems. The AP has a report (no link yet) that Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring. This has been rumored for a while.

More when I have it.

UPDATE: There’s a link now.

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill.

Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he hopes his successor is confirmed “well in advance of the commencement of the court’s next term.”

His announcement had been hinted at for months. It comes 11 days before his 90th birthday.

Last week, three names were floated as potential replacements: Circuit Court of Appeals judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

UPDATE II: Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed this in a letter. Stevens will serve out the current term, giving the President and the Senate until October, basically, to fill out the Court.

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