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5 issues to know Thursday

Justice Breyer to retire from Supreme Courtroom; Ketanji Brown Jackson to make historical past

Affiliate Justice Stephen Breyer mentioned his retirement from the Supreme Courtroom shall be efficient Thursday after the court docket points its closing set of rulings for this time period. In January, Breyer knowledgeable Biden that he would step down on the finish of the time period in the summertime if his alternative was confirmed by the Senate. Breyer is certainly one of three justices of the court docket’s liberal wing, who dissented from a ruling final week that overturned the constitutional proper to an abortion established by the court docket in its 1973 Roe v. Wade determination. Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former public defender who rose to grow to be a choose on a robust federal appeals court docket, will make historical past when she is sworn in early Thursday afternoon as the primary Black girl to serve on the Supreme Courtroom and the 116th justice total. She shall be becoming a member of three ladies, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett — the primary time 4 ladies will serve collectively on the nine-member court docket.

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