The New York Times and CNN are reporting that Justice John Paul Stevens will retire when the Court reaches the end of its term in June. The Appellate Strategist will post further information on the story as President Obama’s search for a successor shifts into high gear.
UPDATE: The Supreme Court has posted a copy of Justice Stevens’ retirement letter [pdf]. As Douglas Berman points out over at Sentencing Law and Policy, Justice Stevens has increased pressure on the Senate to confirm a replacement quickly by making his retirement effective when the Court rises for the summer, not when his replacement is confirmed and sworn in. Tony Mauro at The Legal Times has reactions from members of the Senate and Chief Justice Roberts’ statement.