Thursday, January 27, 2022

Great Honor

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to tell you that I have decided to retire from regular active judicial service as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to serve under provisions of 28 USC 371(b).  I intend this decision to take effect when the Court rises for the summer recess this year.

I enormously appreciate the privilege of serving as part of the federal judicial system -- nearly 14 years as a Court of Appeals Judge and nearly 28 years as a Member of the Supreme Court.  I have found the work challenging and meaningful.  My relations with each of my colleagues have been warm and friendly.  Throughout, I have been aware of the great honor of participating as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the rule of law.

-- Stephen Breyer, in his resignation letter, 27 January 2022

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