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Friday, July 01, 2005

This is gonna be fun

We're in for a big rumble.

I can't wait to see what happens.

US Supreme Court justice resigns

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court and a crucial centrist, is to retire.

Ms O'Connor, 75, has often cast the deciding vote on the nine-member court, leading some US commentators to call her the most powerful woman in America.

She is the first Supreme Court justice to retire since 1994, giving George W Bush his first chance to name a judge.

The former Arizona politician was nominated by Ronald Reagan to serve on the court and took up her seat in 1981.

In a statement at the White House, President Bush praised Ms O'Connor as a "discerning and diligent judge", who has earned universal respect.

He said he would consult with senators to find a successor, and said he would be "deliberate and thorough" in his search.

The president's nomination to the court must be approved by the Senate.

Speculation has mounted that Mr Bush will now nominate a conservative to the court in an effort to tilt the balance of opinion on the bench.

The president called for a "dignified process", which he aims to conclude by the start of the new Supreme Court term in early October.


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