April 9th, 2010
03:40 PM ET

High court: Justice Stevens to retire

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will retire, the high court's press office said Friday.

His departure after nearly 35 years on the bench will give President Obama another opportunity to shape the court.

Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20, was not on the bench for a brief public session Monday; the court will hold its next public session in two weeks.

Speculation over Stevens had increased after he confirmed last fall he hired only one law clerk for the next court term, which begins in October. Sitting justices can hire four law clerks, while retired members get only one.

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