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Away From Home

Friday, July 01, 2005

O'Connor retires

And so it begins:

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme
Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death
penalty, said Friday she is retiring.

O'Connor, 75, said she will leave before the start of the court's next
term in October, or when the Senate confirms her successor. There was
no immediate word from the White House on who might be nominated to
replace O'Connor.

It's been 11 years since the last opening on the court, one of the
longest uninterrupted stretches in history. O'Connor's decision gives
Bush his first opportunity to appoint a justice.

This is going to be an awful fight; a war of attrition. Any bets on
whether or not her replacement is confirmed before the start of the
next term?


  • All this talk about Rehnquist's throat cancer, and she's retiring? I sure didn't see it coming.

    Maybe Rehnquist goes too, then they'll just have seven justices cause I doubt they'll be able to reach a comprimise on one or two justices in this Congress.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 7/01/2005 11:09:00 AM  

  • It just depends on how much Bush listens to the ultra-conservative base on this. If you ask me, Bush is worried about his reputation and might throw in a semi-moderate nominee like Michael McConnell. More likely, it will be Edith Jones or Michael Luttig. I don't buy the Gonzales talk.

    By Blogger ChrisHarrop, at 7/01/2005 12:54:00 PM  

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