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Supreme Court colleagues reveal how John Paul Stevens' resignation changes their secretive lives

Retiring Supreme court justice John Paul Stevens

A special viewing treat here today for Ticket readers.

Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens announced today he would retire at the end of the high court's current term this summer.

In a letter to President Obama, the 89-year-old justice said:

Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court's next term, I shall retire from active service.

Republican-appointed and liberal-minded, Stevens' replacement will be the topic of much public discussion -- and these days, no doubt, considerable disagreements -- in coming weeks both in the media and during a Senate confirmation process. The White House had already prepared a list of possible replacements and the president said today he believes a like-minded jurist would be appropriate.

Meanwhile, here's a fascinating video from the keen-eyed, level-headed, fast-moving folks over at C-SPAN with the current justices talking about what happens within that secret body when a new member arrives. A four-punch recommendation by The Ticket.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Video courtesy of C-SPAN.     Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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