Justice Breyer: My Retirement Begins at Noon Thursday

Final SCOTUS decision of term will be handed down that morning
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2022 2:35 PM CDT
Justice Breyer Is Retiring at Noon on Thursday
Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, April 23, 2021. Breyer is seatedsecond from the right.   (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) – While Justice Stephen Breyer may disagree with more Supreme Court decisions to come, he'll be doing so as a private citizen. In a letter the court released Wednesday, Breyer told President Biden that the court's final decision of the term will be handed down Thursday morning, and his retirement will become effective at noon that day, USA Today reports. "It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the Rule of Law," wrote Breyer, whose replacement, Ketanji Brown Jackson, was confirmed by the Senate in April.

Breyer's retirement after nearly 30 years will not alter the balance between the top court's three liberal justices and the conservative supermajority. Recent decisions the 83-year-old Breyer dissented from include the Friday decision to strike down the Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood decisions on abortion rights, Politico reports. "The majority has overruled Roe and Casey for one and only one reason: because it has always despised them, and now it has the votes to discard them," Breyer wrote in a joint dissent with Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. (Read more Stephen Breyer stories.)

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