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Names Floated As Stevens Weighs Retirement

Publication Date: 
April 05, 2010
CNN Politics
Bill Mears

Lecturer in law Thomas Goldstein is quoted on the short list of potential candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court if Justice John Paul Stevens decides to retire this year. Bill Mears of CNN reports:

Justice John Paul Stevens is expected to announce by month's end whether he will retire from the Supreme Court, sources close to him tell CNN. His departure after nearly 35 years on the bench would give President Obama another opportunity to shape the nation's highest court.

Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20, has told colleagues he wants to decide soon -- for his own peace of mind -- but also to give the White House time to select a replacement and for the Senate to confirm the nominee.


"There isn't an immediate candidate who could give them just as much the second go-around," said Thomas Goldstein, a prominent Washington lawyer and founder of Scotusblog online. "There isn't a candidate who has Justice Sotomayor's personal history and also her ethnic background. But I think that the model for the administration is probably the same -- get someone in there who doesn't generate a lot of political heat against you and is a relatively easy person to confirm."