UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Reaction to Justice Stevens’ retirement

(Adds Obama, others)

April 9 (BestGrowthStock) – Justice John Paul Stevens announced on
Friday he will retire this summer after almost 35 years on the
U.S. Supreme Court. The departure of the court’s leading
liberal voice will give Democratic President Barack Obama the
opportunity to appoint his second justice.

Reaction to Stevens’ retirement included praise for his
judicial manner, as well as indications that minority
Republicans in the Senate could put up resistance to Obama’s
selection.[nN09104454]

Following are reactions to Stevens’ resignation and the
looming confirmation process for his successor:

Obama:

“Once again, I view the process of selecting a Supreme
Court nominee as among my most serious responsibilities as
president. And while we cannot replace Justice Stevens’
experience or wisdom, I will seek someone in the coming weeks
with similar qualities, an independent mind, a record of
excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of
law and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily
lives of the American people.”

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat and chairman of the
Senate Judiciary Committee, which will consider Obama’s nominee
before the full Senate votes on it:

“I hope that senators on both sides of the aisle will make
this process a thoughtful and civil discourse. I expect
President Obama to continue his practice of consulting with
members on both sides of the aisle as he considers this
important nomination.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:

“Even if Justice Stevens’ liberalism has led to many
decisions I oppose, I respect his devotion to the institution
and the gentlemanly manner in which he always carried out his
work.

“As we await the president’s nominee to replace Justice
Stevens … Americans can expect Senate Republicans to make a
sustained and vigorous case for judicial restraint and the
fundamental importance of an even-handed reading of the law.”

Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee:

“Every president has an obligation to nominate judges who
understand and are committed to their proper role in our system
of government. As I have said for many years, someone who would
be an activist judge, who would substitute their own views for
what the law requires, is not qualified to serve on the federal
bench.”

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts:

“Associate Justice John Paul Stevens has earned the
gratitude and admiration of the American people for his nearly
40 years of distinguished service to the Judiciary, including
more than 34 years on the Supreme Court. He has enriched the
lives of everyone at the Court through his intellect,
independence and warm grace.”

Senator John Cornyn, Republican member of the Judiciary
Committee:

“Our nation deserves a Supreme Court nominee who is
committed to deciding cases impartially based on the law, not
on personal politics, preferences, or what’s in the nominee’s
‘heart.’ It is my expectation that senators on both sides of
the aisle will work to ensure both a dignified and respectful
process for our next nominee.”

Senator Charles Schumer of New York, a member of the
Judiciary Committee:

“While Justice Stevens’ retirement is not unexpected, the
loss of such a great leader at a time of great change for
America and the court is worrisome …

“At a time when Americans are yearning for bipartisanship,
we hope the president will choose a candidate who both merits
consensus support and lives up to Justice Stevens’ fine legacy.
We hope both sides of the aisle in the Senate would quickly
confirm such a nominee.”

Nancy Keenan, president of the abortion rights group NARAL
Pro-Choice America:

“Americans will be watching to make sure senators
understand the need for a Justice who respects a woman’s
ability to make the personal, private decisions that are best
for her and her family.”

Democratic Senator John Kerry:

“Justice Stevens reveres the Court, which is why in
announcing his retirement he gave President Obama and the
Senate the time to nominate his successor and fill the vacancy
before the coming October session. We should do so with
civility and purpose.”
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(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by Eric Walsh)
(For more on Steven’s resignation, see [nN0963210])

UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Reaction to Justice Stevens’ retirement