Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, the one question no one is asking

January 26, 2022

After more than 27 years serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer will step down. 

Breyers was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and is considered to be one of the court’s most liberal judges. 

With that being said, President Biden now has the opportunity to keep Breyer’s seat on the liberal side to maintain the 6-3 split. 

Biden promised on the campaign trail to nominate a Black woman to the court. In the wake of Breyer’s announcement, there was an outpouring of statements calling for him to follow through. The progressive group Demand Justice hired a truck last year to drive around Washington with the sign: “Breyer Retire. It’s time for a Black woman Supreme Court justice.

Among likely contenders are U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a former Breyer law clerk; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on California’s Supreme Court.

While everyone clearly realizes that the President’s actions are politically motivated — he wants to move quickly to nominate a new justice who can be ready to serve when the court’s new term begins on October 3rd, 2022. 

This brings up the question no one is asking: Will President Biden nominate a Supreme Court justice who will be a fair referee, play by the rules — not their own feelings or political agenda — and justly interpret the law?

That’s the question that really matters to you and me. Who really wants an unelected referee making calls based on what they had for breakfast that morning? Or deciding the fate of millions just so it satisfies one side’s political agenda? We’re all human, we all change our mind, even the best judges. That’s why the job of the Supreme Court is not to make our decisions for us, but to interpret the law.

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We hope you’ll ask your Senators — and the President — that question: Will the next Supreme Court justice be a fair referee, play by the rules — not their own feelings or political agenda — and justly interpret the law?

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