Justices take pleasure in lifetime appointments, and whereas some like Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have remained on the courtroom till their passing, others like Justice Anthony Kennedy have referred to as it quits early. In an interview with Slate, Breyer stated he seems to be to be among the many latter.
“I imply, finally I’ll retire, certain I’ll,” Breyer stated whereas noting that “it’s onerous to know precisely when.”
Breyer described how this yr has posed challenges for him because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Supreme Court docket continued to listen to and resolve instances, however carried out oral arguments by way of convention name because the justices remained at dwelling.
“The factor that makes that tough is we’re doing our regular courtroom work,” Breyer stated about his time at dwelling. “In actual fact, COVID instances come alongside, and there are just a few extra of them that now we have to resolve rapidly. Now we have a phone that’s safe. And we do our oral arguments. Folks need to hear tougher and be extra direct of their questioning—that’s all good. However all of that takes time, and now we have to jot down opinions.”
A retirement within the close to future would permit President-elect Joe Biden the nominate Breyer’s substitute, guaranteeing the flexibility to switch the liberal jurist with a like-minded successor.
Earlier this yr, rumors abounded that conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito had been contemplating retirement. The departure of 1 or each of them from the Supreme Court docket throughout Biden’s administration would permit Democrats to chip away or overtake the excessive courtroom’s present conservative majority.