One of the nine US Supreme Court judges is calling it quits. Its about 83-year-old Stephen Breyer, who will stop doing it in June. That means that President Biden will have the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the first time.
The highest American court has nine judges and six of them are conservative. Breyer is one of three liberal judges. He was appointed in 1994 on the nomination of President Clinton. In recent years, Breyer has spoken out for abortion freedom, gay rights and better access to health care. He also questioned the death penalty.
With its replacement, the political balance within the Supreme Court is unlikely to change. It does give Biden the opportunity to nominate a young liberal candidate who can be part of the college for decades. He promised during his presidential campaign that he would nominate a black woman. The White House announced today that he is still behind that promise.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Two years ago, there was a political shift when progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. She was replaced by ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett at President Trumps nomination.
“You are witnessing a historic moment,” it was said during Barretts appointment:
The Supreme Court has the latest legal word on contentious topics such as abortion, gun possession and immigration. Members are appointed for life but can choose to retire or resign. The nomination Biden is going to make must be approved by the Senate, where Democrats now have a minute majority.