- Congressman: McAuliffe victory means gun control a winning message
- Clinton aide admits soliciting disgraced D.C. fundraiser; says actions were legal
- Joel Osteen church victimized in $600K theft
- Obama goes shopping at Gap as minimum-wage thanks
- N.J. woman charged after client dies from black-market butt injections
- CIA chief Brennan ‘determined’ to speak out more this year
- Reset? What reset? U.S.-Russia ties at worst since Cold War
- 9/11 terror recruiter released in Syrian prisoner swap
- D.C. elections board gives green light to marijuana legalization initiative
- Elephants can tell difference between human languages: study
Supreme Court watchers keeping an eye on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible retirement
Supreme CourtJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said repeatedly she isn’t going to retire her seat — this year. But court watchers and legal experts see a caveat in that affirmation and say that may be her way of keeping open the door to a 2015 retirement, while President Obama is still in office.
There are hints galore: Ms. Ginsburg, 80, is the oldest justice. She’s undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. And she’s admitted that justices considering retirement do keep in mind the political persuasion of the president who’s in office and who’s in charge of nominating the replacement, The Hill reported.
And on top of all that, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said in a recent interview with The New York Times that a “Supreme Court fight could come soon,” as The Hill quoted.
Tom Goldstein, a Supreme Court attorney and SCOTUSBlog publisher, said in The Hill that Ms. Ginsburg’s remarks give rise to the belief that’s she going to step down before Mr. Obama leaves office, in 2015, The Hill reported.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were just appointed. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote, is healthy. Justice Stephen Breyer is healthy, also, and appears to be “having the time of his life,” said Lucas Powe, a court historian at the University of Texas law school, in The Hill. And the conservatives on the court aren’t likely to step down during an Obama administration, he said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
- Taliban vow to 'use all force' to disrupt Afghan elections
- Sbarro pizza chain files second bankruptcy in three years
- Bishop in Aleppo: 'We Christians live in fear in Syria'
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
- David Jolly wins in Florida, GOP keeps swing district seat
- House Democrats trying to force unemployment insurance vote
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Redskins bypass big splash - for now - as free agency period begins
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- FCC targets black conservative in TV station fight
- Hillary Clinton campaign received funds from Jeffrey Thompson
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS after months of talks
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again