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."
The timing of Stevens' announcement leaves ample time for the White House to settle on a successor and for Senate Democrats, who control a 59-vote majority, to conduct confirmation hearings and a vote before the court's next term begins in October. Republicans have not ruled out an attempt to delay confirmation.
Stevens' announcement had been hinted at for months. It comes 11 days before his 90th birthday.
Friday, April 9, 2010
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From Yahoo Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring