The rumor mill is churning. With only a few weeks left in this Supreme Court term, now is the time for a justice who plans to retire to inform the president of his or her decision. The chances of a successor being confirmed decrease as an election nears; next year at this time, there would be almost no chance.
Justice John Paul Stevens is the oldest member of the Court. Appointed by Gerald Ford, he is now part of the Court's "liberal" block