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Liberal US Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire, Biden can pick successor

The retirement of Breyer, who is 83 and has served on the court since 1994, gives Biden a first chance to shape the court

FILE - Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer listens during a forum at the French Cultural Center in Boston, Feb. 13, 2017.
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FILE - Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer listens during a forum at the French Cultural Center in Boston, Feb. 13, 2017.

Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung | Reuters
Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, lawmakers said on Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden the opportunity to fulfill a campaign promise to appoint the first Black woman to the nation's top judicial body.

The retirement of Breyer, who is 83 and has served on the court since 1994, gives Biden a first chance to shape the court, whose 6-3 conservative majority has shown an increasing assertiveness on issues including abortion and gun rights. Biden's Republican predecessor Donald Trump was able to appoint three justices during his four years in office.

Biden's fellow Democrats hold a razor-thin

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First Published: Jan 27 2022 | 6:53 AM IST

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