Friday, July 01, 2005

Sandra Day O'Connor stepping down

Last night I was almost taken in by a little joke Smash was putting up wherein he posted that while Rehnquist wasn't retiring, Sandra A. O'Connor was. Turns out that's the name of a Maryland State attorney (note the "A" instead of "Day"). I thought it was funny. Turns out it was prophetic:

::::::::WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justrice Sandra Day O'Connor submitted her retirement notice to President Bush on Friday, setting the stage for a contentious battle over her replacement.

Bush is scheduled to speak from the White House Rose Garden at 11:15 a.m. EDT to announce the retirement. Sources said he will not be naming a potential successor for O'Connor.

"Dear President Bush, this is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor. It has been a great priviledge indeed to have served as a member of the Court for 24 Terms.

"I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the Court and its role under our constitutional structure," O'Connor wrote.

O'Connor, 75, has served on the Supreme Court for 24 years. Her depature creates the first vacancy on the court in the past 11 years and represents the first chance Bush has had to nominate a justice.

Smash says: "Partisans, man your battle stations." No kidding. Oh, and let the betting begin on who gets nominated.