Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of the high court’s current term — setting the stage for President Joe Biden to replace him with another liberal jurist, according to reports Wednesday.

Breyer, 83, is the oldest judge on the Supreme Court and has been under increasing pressure from liberal Democrats to step down in recent months.

Stephen Breyer
Breyer will retire at the end of the high court’s current term
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Stephen Breyer
Breyer’s retirement sets the stage for Biden to replace him with another liberal jurist.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Biden said during his presidential campaign that he would nominate a black woman if he got the chance.

“I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a black woman on the Supreme Court, to make sure we in fact get every representation,” he said on Feb. 25, 2020.

The leading contenders include federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who Biden elevated following her nomination by then-President Barack Obama.

Breyer was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton and has served there since 1994.

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