Stephen Breyer steps down from the Supreme Court Effective tomorrow
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is set to replace Breyer. He states she is ready to maintain our constitution and the rule of law...
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has sent in his resignation to the White House with an indication that his retirement will be effective Thursday, June 30. In the letter to President Biden, Breyer stated how grateful he was to participate as a judge in the "effort to maintain our Constitution and the Rule of Law."
Stephen Breyer also gave individuals hope for the future by indicating that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was prepared to fill in as the 116th member of the court.
There are currently two cases sitting at the Supreme Court surrounding the topics of environment and immigration. Final opinions and orders will be conducted on the same day as Breyer’s resignation.
Stephen Breyer’s resignation comes after many pushes from Democrats. The fear behind the rush in Breyer’s resignation came as many Democrats feared they would lose the seat to a future Republican president if Breyer had stayed and if Biden had lost out. For now, Biden has a clear path to replace Breyer with another like-minded Democrat.
One thing many can say of Stephen Breyer is that he always forced his way to focus on the law at hand and how it would affect the average citizen. In the later years of his service on the Supreme Court, he was better known for a dissent he wrote in 2015 in a case concerning execution by lethal injection. The opportunity was seized by Breyer to suggest that the Supreme Court take up the constitutionality of the death penalty.
In his dissent, he mentioned his endless workings within death penalty cases. So many that he eventually began to question whether innocent people had been executed wrongfully. Stephen Breyer also mentioned his fear that the penalty will be applied arbitrarily across the country.