Supreme Court Justice Retires
Washington D.C. - The Supreme Court's oldest member and its leading liberal is retiring.
Justice John Paul Stevens informed President Barack Obama of his decision in a one-paragraph letter received at the White House this morning.
Stevens say he'll step down when the court finishes its work for the summer.
The announcement comes as no surprise.
Stevens, who joined the court in 1975 after being nominated by President Gerald Ford, turns 90 later this month.
On his successor, Texas Senator John Cornyn said, "Our nation deserves a Supreme Court nominee who is committed to deciding cases impartially based on the law, not on personal politics, preferences, or what's in the nominee's 'heart.'"