With the Supreme Court of the United States very much in the spotlight this week, another bit of news is now coming out of the nation’s highest court.
Just days following a wildly-controversial ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, Justice Stephen Breyer is stepping away.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told President Joe Biden that he will officially retire at noon Thursday, and then immediately help swear in his successor Ketanji Brown Jackson hours after the court is set to release the last two rulings of its current term.Advertisement - story continues below
Breyer’s letter to Biden was expected, as the 83-year-old justice said in January that he would leave at the end of its term. It was only Wednesday morning that the court said that Thursday would be the last day for opinions to be released.
The court won’t be lighter for long.
He will be immediately replaced by Jackson, 51, who currently is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Her nomination to the Supreme Court as the first Black woman to serve as a justice was confirmed by the Senate in April.
The Supreme Court’s press office on Wednesday said Jackson will be sworn in as the court’s 104th associate justice at noon Thursday.
Breyer began his work on the bench in the 1990’s, after being appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton.