This news is not really a surprise, but it is now official: Justice Stevens is retiring from the Supreme Court in June. Stevens, appointed by President Gerald Ford, has served on the Court for 35 years. Stevens has been a leading liberal voice on the Court for the last twenty years.
President Obama will now make a second appointment to the Supreme Court. Stevens' retirement will not likely shift the ideological makeup of the Court, as Obama will probably appoint another liberal to replace Stevens.