Justice Breyer Announces His Last Day at SCOTUS

Justice Breyer Announces His Last Day at SCOTUS
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Though news of his impending retirement was announced in January, Justice Stephen Breyer has now made it official: Thursday, June 30th, will be his last day at the Supreme Court.

Per Fox News:

Breyer, who notified President Biden in January of his intent to retire at the end of the current term, updated the president in a letter Wednesday, after the Supreme Court made it known that it will issue its final opinions of the term Thursday morning.

“The Court has announced that tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., it will hand down all remaining opinions ready during this Term. Accordingly, my retirement from active service under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 371(b) will be effective on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at noon,” Breyer wrote.

As indicated in Justice Breyer’s letter, the Court will issue the remaining two opinions for its term on Thursday morning. The two remaining cases are Biden v. Texas (regarding the Biden administration’s attempted termination of the Trump era “Remain in Mexico” policy) and West Virginia v. EPA (regarding the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants)

Opinions authored by Justice Breyer this term include:

Breyer’s replacement, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, will take her seat with the Court when it reconvenes for the October 2022 term. She will become the 116th member of the Court.

Justice Breyer, a Stanford Law grad, joined the Court in 1994 after he was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Breyer is the second-longest serving justice (currently), behind Justice Clarence Thomas, who joined the Court in 1991.

Breyer closed his letter to President Biden with this:

“It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the Rule of Law.”

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