- Making News: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retires
The failing health of 80 year-old Chief Justice William Rehnquist has prompted speculation as to who will be named to the court upon his retirement. So today's announcement by Sandra Day O'Connor that she will retire came as quite a surprise. The first female on the Court and a critical swing vote during her 24-year tenure, O'Connor leaves an impressive legacy, says Dahlia Lithwick who covers the court for Slate.com.
- Reporter's Notebook: Political, Legal Impact of Justice O'Connor's Retirement
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor served 24 years on the Supreme Court, often casting the crucial swing vote on such volatile issues as abortion and the death penalty. We hear more about her legacy and the challenges facing President Bush as he searches for her replacement from Constitutional Law Professors Cass Sunstein and Nelson Lund, and from Dana Milbank, who covers politics for the Washington Post.
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