The Supreme Court is having a BIG week!
After releasing several landmark decisions, including the biggest of all in overturning Roe vs. Wade, the Court still had one more surprise up its sleeve.
Or….up Breyer’s sleeve, that is.
While his retirement was previously known, the date was expected to be farther out in the future.
After an abrupt and unexpected announcement today, we now learn it’s effective in 24 hours:
BREAKING: Justice Breyer abruptly moves up date of retirement, effective in 24 hours.
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) June 29, 2022
Here was the letter he wrote:
NEW: Justice Breyer has sent a letter to President Biden informing him that his retirement will be effective 24 hours from now: at noon on Thursday, June 30. pic.twitter.com/3nLsKkPKCB
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) June 29, 2022
Effective at High Noon:
U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER WILL RETIRE AT NOON ON JUNE 30 – PRESS RELEASE
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) June 29, 2022
Get ready fro Justice Ketanji Jackson:
NEW: Justice Stephen Breyer will retire in the next 24 hours and Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) June 29, 2022
BREAKING: Justice Stephen Breyer's nearly 28-year tenure on the Supreme Court will officially end Thursday at noon. https://t.co/ts5zrprMIv
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 29, 2022
From CBS News:
Justice Stephen Breyer will officially retire from the Supreme Court on Thursday at noon, he told President Biden in a letter, bringing his nearly 28-year tenure on the court to an end and paving the way for Ketanji Brown Jackson to take his place on the bench.
Breyer, 83, is leaving the Supreme Court at the end of a term that has seen no shortage of blockbuster cases, the most consequential of which was its decision Friday to overrule Roe v. Wade, as well as rulings expanding gun rights for the first time in a decade and in favor of religious rights.
The court will announce its two remaining opinions — the first, a dispute over the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and the second, a challenge to the Biden administration’s attempt to end the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy — on Thursday morning and then recess for the summer.
“It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the rule of law,” Breyer told Mr. Biden in his letter Wednesday.
Jackson, Breyer’s replacement, is a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington who clerked for the retiring justice. The Senate confirmed Jackson to in a bipartisan vote in April. She will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
And from CNN:
Justice Stephen Breyer has notified the White House that his retirement will be effective Thursday, June 30, at noon ET.
In a letter to President Joe Biden, Breyer said it had been his “great honor” to participate as a judge in the “effort to maintain our Constitution and the Rule of Law.”
He said that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is prepared to “take the prescribed oaths” to begin her service as the 116th member of the court.
The fact that the court will issue final opinions and orders on the same day reflects a more expedited timeline than past terms. It suggests that the justices — who have been subject to death threats since the release of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade are eager for the momentous and divisive term to end as soon as possible.
There are two big cases awaiting resolution concerning the environment and immigration.
Pepe Lives Matter asked a key question in the midst of the abrupt resignation…
Was Breyer the leaker?