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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to retire

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama says Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was a "brilliant" jurist.

Obama saluted Stevens retirement calling him an "impartial guardian" of the law.

The President assures he will move quickly at nominating a successor.  He addressed the issue as soon as he landed on U.S soil from his trip to Prague.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will retire this summer.

Stevens is the oldest member and leading liberal on the Supreme Court.

President Barack Obama received the letter of his decision at the White House Friday morning.

Stevens plans to wait out retiring until the court finishes up work for the summer.

He joined the court in 1975 and turn 90 later this month.

President Obama will now have his second high court opening to fill.

 

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