Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Retires

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Jacob R. Lopez, Staff Writer


After 27 years on the Supreme Court, justice Stephen Breyer, one of 3 liberal judges will be retiring. His decision to retire comes after months of being urged by Democrats, and will give President Biden the opportunity to appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court.

“I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get everyone represented,” Joe Biden, current President of the United States.

Biden has promised that he will nominate a black woman to the court. Some of his possible choices include Ketanji Brown Jackson, Leondra Kruger, and J. Michelle Childs. Any of them could be the first black woman on the Supreme Court, similar to how Biden choose Kamala Harris to be the first woman Vice President in history.

Breyer is currently the oldest member on the court, and those who urged him to retire are reminded of the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who passed away while on the court. Ginsberg had refused to retired while Barrack Obama was in office and was replaced by Amy Coney Barrett in 2020 by Donald Trump. Justice Breyer’s retirement can mean preserving the current six to three conservative majority in the court, and keep the number of liberal judges at three for years, or decades, to come.

“Nobody wants a judge to be subject to the political whim of the moment” Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice.

For Breyer to retire would definitely be a political whim of the moment, but he likely sees it the way most democrats do. If he doesn’t retire now, the chance to appoint another liberal judge may be lost, and thus the conservative majority would increase. Breyer likely sees it as time that a like-minded person take over his position.