Stephen Breyer denies Left hope for swift retirement with clerk hires for Supreme Court fall term

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  one month ago  •  7 comments

By:   Daniel Chaitin (MSN)

Stephen Breyer denies Left hope for swift retirement with clerk hires for Supreme Court fall term
Anyone hoping Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer would retire at the onset of the summer recess received a discouraging sign on Friday.

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Anyone hoping Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer would retire at the onset of the summer recess received a discouraging sign on Friday.

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The high court confirmed Breyer, who is the oldest justice on the bench at the age of 82, hired four clerks for the fall term, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The news is sure to frustrate Left-leaning court advocates who have increasingly pressed for Breyer to step down after the sudden death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year gave former President Donald Trump the chance to cement a conservative majority on the court with the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

A vacancy would allow President Joe Biden to pick a nominee who would then go through the Senate confirmation process. Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Democrats have a tenuous grip on the Senate, which is split 50-50 and has a tie-breaker in Vice President Kamala Harris. If Republicans retake control of the Senate, it would likely affect the strategy by which the administration would attempt to get a nominee passed.

If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were to become majority leader again, "at worst, he might block any Biden pick," Brian Fallon, the executive director of the liberal judicial advocacy group Demand Justice, recently said on NPR. "And at best, Biden is going to have to calibrate who he selects in order to get them through a Republican-held Senate."

Former President Bill Clinton nominated Breyer as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on Aug. 3, 1994.

Breyer said in December he has plans to retire but not anytime soon.

"Eventually I'll retire, sure I will," he told Slate in an interview. "And it's hard to know exactly when."

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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    one month ago

How long before Democrats start berating him?

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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1.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Texan1211 @1    4 weeks ago

They have already done so.  He knows he can wait another year. He’s going to stay as long as the progressive left keeps seriously pursuing court packing.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.1    4 weeks ago
He’s going to stay as long as the progressive left keeps seriously pursuing court packing.  

He can't live forever and we have seen progressives with a new idea--they hold onto them like a dog with a T-bone.

 
 
 
dennis smith
Masters Silent
2  dennis smith    4 weeks ago

Sure didn't hear the left wanting Ginsburg to retire due to her age. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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3  Thrawn 31    4 weeks ago

Definitely need court term limits. I am just not a fan of the concept of lifelong tenure, IMO you should have to earn your position every so often. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
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3.1  dennis smith  replied to  Thrawn 31 @3    4 weeks ago

Did you support term limits when Ginsberg was on the court?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
4  seeder  Texan1211    4 weeks ago

Looks like Breyer will go from liberal hero to liberal goat pretty quickly!

 
 
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