Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was not on the bench when the Court convened Monday morning, and no announcement was made about plans to retire — or not to. Of course, it’s not unusual for Stevens and other justices to be absent on the third Monday of an argument cycle, with no oral arguments on tap, and on this Monday, also no decisions to announce. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was on hand, as were Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Stevens, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor were absent.

Orders were announced, new members were sworn into the Supreme Court bar, the gavel banged and the justices retreated from view until the Court sits next on April 19. If he was following his usual pattern, Stevens has already winged his way to his Florida condo for the recess period.

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