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O'Connor Retirement Rumor:
Can anyone confirm this? Or is it bogus? (My apologies for calling attention to this if it proves false -- I figure our readers are among those who can say whether it is the real deal or not.)
Isaac (www):
You may want to check volokh.com:
here
7.1.2005 11:14am
Rov:
As they discovered in comments, it's true but misleading.

*A* Sandra O'Connor will be retiring, but she's a Baltimore prosecutor, not a SCOTUS justice: linky

False alarm. :).
7.1.2005 11:16am
rsimmons (mail):
This is catching a lot of eyes. Drudge has the headline up as of 2 minutes ago
7.1.2005 11:20am
AD12 (mail):
Supreme Court Retirement
From Townhall.com
By MaryKatharineHam
Posted on Fri Jul 1st, 2005 at 10:07:25 AM EST

Just heard in the building that Sandra Day O'Connor just retired. VERY reliable source. Man your battle stations. More soon. I'm watching Fox News and nothing from them yet.
http://soapbox.townhall.com/

"in the building" means The Heritage Foundation and that source would probably be Ginny Thomas, Justice Thomas' wife, the Director of Exec Branch Relations at Heritage.
7.1.2005 11:23am
John Jenkins (mail):
This is Sandra Day O'Connor and it looks like it has some traction. Major news services are reporting it, as well as Drudge. I doubt they are all being boodoggled by Sandra O'Connor's of Maryland retirement.
7.1.2005 11:24am
Baronger (mail) (www):
They are speculating on Fox too. The main stream media, are like a bunch of sharks cicling this story. Any drop of blood or rumour of blood is bound to set them into a feeding frenzy. With the exception of the Aruba story, there are no huge stories going on. They are impatient for the next whale of a story to tear into.

With the last retirement being so long ago, and everyone on both sides have prepared a lot of amunition for the next confirmation battle. I wonder if the justices are aware of this, and want to avoid this happening.
7.1.2005 11:28am
Anonymous:
The email on Kos purports to come from Ginni Thomas at the Heritage Foundation. FWIW, I've heard the same thing from someone else at Heritage as well.
7.1.2005 11:28am
Rich (mail):
NY Times, NBC News both have it.
7.1.2005 11:34am
The Hill:
Something about this doesn't feel right, I still believe someone is misreporting based on the Baltimore prosecutor's retirement... but the real deal looks like it broke 6 minutes ago on AP.
7.1.2005 11:35am
Isaac (www):
Sorry about the snide comment.
7.1.2005 11:38am
rsimmons (mail):
The Washpost, too
link
7.1.2005 11:38am
rsimmons (mail):
The Washpost, too
link
7.1.2005 11:39am
Anonymous:
If you think this is just a rumor, you might want to check out President Bush's national address, which has just been scheduled for 11:15 AM Eastern. Today.
7.1.2005 11:40am