Will O'Connor Retire at the End of the Term?
William Kristol speculates that Justice O'Connor may announce that she is stepping down in the next week. We'll know soon enough, of course, but it's worth pointing out that this would explain Justice O'Connor's apparent failure to hire a fourth law clerk for the new Term. This is just speculation, obviously, but it's possible that O'Connor hired three of her clerks before deciding to retire and then decided a) it would be unfair to fill the final slot given that she was retiring and b) she couldn't tell the three she had hired (a group that includes our own Sasha, recall) that she would be retiring, as word would get out. Stay tuned.