Liberal justice Stephen Breyer retiring from Supreme Court

Retirement was scheduled to come after his term expired, and Breyer’s replacement has already been confirmed by the Senate.

WASHINGTON — Judge Stephen Breyer will officially retire from the Supreme Court Thursday, ending a 28-year legacy on the court. At the same time, Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as his replacement on the bench.

Breyer, 83, announced his resignation in a Wednesday letter to President Joe Biden, saying he would retire Thursday noon, shortly after the court is expected to make the final decisions of the term.

“The court has announced that beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow it will deliver any remaining opinions that are completed during this term,” Breyer wrote. “It has been my honor to join as a judge in efforts to uphold our Constitution and the rule of law.”

In a press release, the Supreme Court confirmed Jackson would take the constitutional oath to become a judge at a small ceremony with her family. Chief Justice John Roberts plans, as is tradition, to take the oath.

Jackson, who was nominated by President Joe Biden, was confirmed by the Senate earlier this year.

If sworn into the position for life, she will be the first black woman to set foot on the High Court bench.

Jackson’s appointment to the court will not change the court’s conservative bias for the next term as she is a Liberal judge replacing another Liberal judge.

Breyer’s last tenure was marked by deep disagreements on the Supreme Court, which often found him on the losing side when it came to important decisions.

As a liberal judge, Breyer often found himself in the minority for the 2021 term after multiple appointments made by former President Donald Trump pushed the court into a conservative supermajority.

In the biggest case of the tenure – and probably one of the biggest of Breyer’s career – the court ruled 5-4, Roe v. Smash Wade, who guaranteed abortion rights in the United States

In another important case, the court sided with a school football coach who was asked by the school district not to pray on the field after games.

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