Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court
Justice Stephen G. Breyer, seen here in 2013 (Elise Amendola/AP)
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer has announced his intention to retire at the end of the court’s current term. Breyer has come to be known as a pragmatic liberal on the court as he is often willing to search for compromise among the ideologically divided court. Despite this, he stands firm on the topic of abortion and may have prolonged his stay on the court to personally defend Roe v. Wade. Breyer has also harked against the increasing partisan polarization even saying, “If the public sees judges as politicians in robes, its confidence in the courts — and in the rule of law itself — can only diminish.” This is ironic as he faces unprecedented pressure to retire while Democrats still hold their slim majority in the Senate in a bid to push through a left-leaning justice. This could result in history being made as President Biden has pledged to nominate the first ever African American Woman to the Supreme Court.