United States Supreme Court Justice O'Connor to retire
Friday, July 1, 2005
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 75, announced Friday her intention to retire from the court. She said she would be stepping down before the beginning of the court's fall term, or when the Senate confirms a successor.
More than 10 years have passed since the last vacancy on the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States. Justice Stephen Breyer was the last jurist appointed to the court; Breyer was appointed by President Bill Clinton. This will be President George W. Bush's first opportunity to appoint a justice to the court.
Soon after the retirement was announced, President Bush held a short press-conference outside the White House where he praised O'Connor's years of public service. O'Connor has served on the court for 24 years, since her appointment by President Reagan in 1981.
In July 20 2005 President Bush nominated John G. Roberts as the candidate for the post.
O'Connor was the first female justice, as well as the first from the state of Arizona.
- AP. "O'Connor to Retire From Supreme Court" — Yahoo, July 1, 2005
- "Justice O'Connor Retiring" — Slashdot.org, July 1, 2005
- David Stout. "Democrats Warn Bush on Choosing Successor to O'Connor" — New York Times, July 1, 2005
- "John King: White House 'ready to go' on O'Connor replacement" — CNN, July 1, 2005
- Hope Yen. "Rehnquist's Future Still in Question" — Washington Post, July 1, 2005
- Warren Richey. "Sandra Day O'Connor announces retirement" — Christian Science Monitor, July 1, 2005
- Fred Barbash. "O'Connor's Path Led to Center of the Court" — Washington Post, July 1, 2005
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