Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court

The president can
appoint a successor who could serve for decades after the liberal justice stepped down after more than 27 years on the court.

According to people
familiar with Justice Stephen Breyer's thinking, he will leave the Supreme Court at the end of the current term.

President Joe Biden
and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will appear together at the White House on Thursday to announce Breyer's retirement.

Breyer is one of three surviving liberal justices, and his decision to step down after more than 27 years on the bench permits Biden to pick a long-serving replacement.

They said that despite
her history of health issues, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lingered on too long and should have resigned during the Obama administration.

Ginsburg's death from
illness at the age of 87 permitted then-President Donald Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement, bringing the court's conservative leanings even further.

Breyer's place on the
liberal wing of the court may be secured by a Biden nomination for years or decades.

Breyer's place on the liberal wing of the court may be secured by a Biden nomination for years or decades.

In brief remarks
to the press on Wednesday, Biden stated that he will defer to Breyer in announcing his resignation.