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Justice John Paul Stevens Announces Retirement From Supreme Court

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From the Washington Post:
Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and the leader of its liberal wing, announced his retirement today, giving President Obama his second chance to make a mark on the nation's highest court. Stevens, who will turn 90 on April 20, said in a letter to "My dear Mr. President" that he will leave the court at the conclusion of the current term at the end of June. Stevens said he was announcing now so that the president would have time to make a nomination and the Senate to confirm in time for the start of the court's new term next October.
Stevens' announcement comes hot on the heels of a recent New Yorker profile that hinted at his retirement. Stevens is believed by some to represent the last vestige of a "pre-partisan" court. His departure -- and Obama's choice of a replacement -- will certainly garner a great deal of attention and controversy.