April 5th, 2010
04:02 PM ET
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Names floated as Stevens weighs retirement

Justice John Paul Stevens is expected to announce by month's end whether he will retire.
Justice John Paul Stevens is expected to announce by month's end whether he will retire.

Washington (CNN) - Justice John Paul Stevens is expected to announce by month's end whether he will retire from the Supreme Court, sources close to him tell CNN. His departure after nearly 35 years on the bench would give President Obama another opportunity to shape the nation's highest court.

Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20, has told colleagues he wants to decide soon - for his own peace of mind - but also to give the White House time to select a replacement and for the Senate to confirm the nominee.

He was not on the bench for a brief public session Monday; the court will hold its next public session in two weeks.

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  1. john in binghamton NY

    GOP getting ready to fight and oppose no matter who it is.

    April 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. RAG

    One word, "HILLARY"!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    Dear President Obama,

    Please appoint someone, unlike Chief Justice Robers, who couldn't even get the 37 words used to swear in the President right! There are several other "do-overs" the right leaning supremes should consider, while they are at it but that's another story!

    April 5, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Will-South Dakota

    Please another WOMAN to the court. Hopefully there is an Asian/American or a Black woman who will be named.

    April 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. d1120

    WAAYYY past his time to go...and 'no' to Hillary. Then we'd NEVER get rid of Bill.

    April 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Dutch

    He's going to choose Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

    April 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    I just hope to be as active and sharp as he is if/when I get to his age (my grandmother lived to be 90, so there's hope for me yet!).

    He still plays tennis – singles, no less – and writes his own opinions. Pretty impressive – and big shoes to fill when he retires.

    Thanks in advance for all of your years of service to our country, Justice Stevens!

    April 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    If the GOP thinks it's going to be anyone other than a real liberal, they are delusional. Of course they will spew the usual talking points and buzz words no matter who is nominated

    April 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Jim from Seattle

    Stevens, wake up.. the Dems majority in the Senate may or may not last past November, so get out now! We all know the GOP Senate wouldn't confirm Jesus Christ if Obama nominated him. The GOP has stacked the court with rightwing zealots who more resemble a KKK council than a just body... they suspended habeus corpus for God's sake.. just made corporations our new leader (they can swing votes for more tax cuts.. perpetual motion). They overruled Florida's Supreme Court and kept 29,000 votes from being counted so GW could proceed to wreck the USA. Scalia vacations with Dick Cheney, which makes Roberts and Allito jealous. Yikes!

    April 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. catmomtx

    Republicans are already telling President Obama what kind of person he better nominate. Although I doubt if it would make a difference even if he nominated the kind of person they are dictating. They would find something wrong.

    When will Republicans understand that they are no longer in control?When will Republicans understand that they were rejected in the last two elections mind you? When will Republicans understand that they don't speak for ALL Americans?

    April 5, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Jennifer Granholm...Uc Berkley, Harvard Law, brilliant, a governor an outstanding intellect..

    April 5, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. jeff jackson, alabama

    There should be term limits for congressmen,senators,
    AND SUPREME COURT JUSTICES.
    If your political affiliation keeps you from seeing the
    logic in that then you are brainwashed by your party.
    The very idea of a lifetime appointment to a position
    that powerful in a country this free is ridiculous !!!!!

    April 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Larry

    I gave up on our Supreme Court when they lifted all controls on political contributions.

    Supreme Court? What a laugh!

    April 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Doug,lib jersey

    It will end up being an extremely evil person who is void of values, honesty, integrity, and decency, in other words a Democrat.

    This person will first have to bow to a statue of Mao, then crap on the constitution, then sit in on a Sunday Sermon at Rev. Wright's church. After that he or she will then have to go break some windows at a DNC headquarters like Colorado or go yell the N word at a tea party gathering. Only then can MaObama be sure he's got a lib nasty enough to destroy America.

    April 5, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Mike in NYC

    Cass Sunstein? Is that a joke? He thinks the Internet is a threat.

    April 5, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Livin' the good life...

    "he wants to decide soon – for his own peace of mind – but also to give the White House time to select a replacement and for the Senate to confirm the nominee." So, being a SCJ he too realizes that Obama is heading the country in the CORRECT direction in order to let HIM decide what is fair/balanced and Justice FOR ALL. Amen J. Stevens. He may not be one of the most recognized members [of the SC] but, he WILL make history in doing so! Beau Colby.

    April 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Ben in Texas

    This appointment is too important. The president should not try to appease the wing nuts on this one. The Repugnants will oppose, no matter who he nominates, so he should put forward a real progressive and let them stew. Their obstructionism will be their downfall in November.

    April 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Rickster

    Stevens said that he wants to retire while Obama is in office so that Obama will be able to nominate his successor. He also said that he will retire "within the next year or two". His statements tell us two things:
    1) Stevens is a blatant political hack disguised as a Supreme Court Justice.
    2) He knows that Obama is going to get thrown out of office after his first term.

    April 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Walter

    Hillary will only be in her mid sixties when the 2016 campaign starts gearing up. Let's not waste her on the Supreme Court.

    April 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Rag beat me to it...Hillary!! But I would suspect that even if Obama could dig up ronnie reagan and re-animate him the republicants would oppose that also. Why do republicans hate America so much?

    April 5, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. jm for sc

    It will be interesting to see how the GOP reacts to any appointment Obama makes. I hope they kept a copy of the letter they wrote him regarding the appointments he made a few weeks ago. They were concerned about the gentleman's ability to seperate his personal opininons from the decisions he will make regarding unions. Judges should also be able to follow the laws and leave their personal opinions to themselves.

    April 5, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    Here is an example of how much Republicans are against anything President Obama wants. If he nominated Republican Eric Cantor, they would be against him being confirmed.

    It's not who he nominates or appoints for a position. It is that President Obama is doing it and they must oppose him in everything he tries to do. Problem is that these people do not realize they are hurting the government and the American people. In reality, they only care about big business anyway.

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Michael

    God grant we get a human being in there and not another corporate drone, or lackey of the financial aristocracy.

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. jm for sc

    Doug,lib jersey,

    The laws of this land is void of values, honesty and decency. Let me inform you that liars are not from any particular political party. Democrats are just more caring, if you will, for others.

    You don't see Democrats carrying pictures of disrepect about people we disagree with like Republicans are. I hope the next person appointed to the supreme court is a Democrat. It actually should be a black female, which will really give Republicans and the Tea klux klan a fit. (LOL)

    President Obama will be re-elected. When people really find out all the work he has done for them, they will see the light. You see, Democrats are not wasting energy traveling around spreading lies and trying to scare people. We will wait until the lies being told are proven to be what they are; then we will start campaigning and pointing out the difference in what's been said and what really is.

    Republicans campaign on fear while Democrats campaign on facts.

    April 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. jm for sc

    Think again, that man is not as sharp as you think. He probably should have retired years ago. There really should be term limits on these judges. No one should be working at the age of 90.

    Well, the state of SC elected a 100 year old senator a few years ago. The wanted to make history. (LOL) I think they did: they broked a record for the most fools in one state.

    April 5, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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