Do U.S. Supreme Court justices, as some historical evidence suggests, time their retirements with an eye to the partisan or political affiliation of the president or the Senate majority? No, when it comes to retirement decisions, justices care more about power than party and policy, according to a new empirical study. Two political scientists at Santa Clara University found that, in the modern era, justices' retirement decisions are influenced by three dominant factors.
New Study Examines When and Why Supreme Court Justices Retire
The National Law Journal
February 4, 2009