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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Justice Kennedy sticking around through at least Jan. 20, 2013

Veteran Washington reporter Tom DeFrank reports that Justice Kennedy plans to wait at least until the end of President Obama's first term before he hangs up his robe.  Justice Kennedy is 74 years old, and "has told relatives and friends he plans to stay on the high court for at least three more years..."

Someone might have some unfinished business.

Posted by David Friedman on July 6, 2010 at 06:05 PM | Permalink


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There's nothing stopping her from stepping down in 2011, which I am assuming will not happen based on her hiring of clerks.

Posted by: . | Jul 8, 2010 8:50:15 AM

No. I'm referring to the fact that she is old and had a recent battle with cancer.

Posted by: Praetor | Jul 7, 2010 12:01:30 PM

Are you referring to Ginsburg's hiring of two clerks for the next term?

Posted by: . | Jul 7, 2010 11:10:38 AM

Does this actually change anything? Obama still needs a second term to have a high likelihood of replacing Ginsburg and a conservative (either Scalia or Kennedy).

Posted by: Praetor | Jul 7, 2010 11:07:00 AM

He's pulling a reverse Souter. LA times and wapo reported that Souter, before November, told friends that he would retire if Obama won.

Posted by: . | Jul 7, 2010 8:45:58 AM

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