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The vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito Jr. is not expected until the end of the week, but retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has already moved to new quarters within the Court. O’Connor moved from a temporary chamber where she had been working for the past year due to the Court’s ongoing modernization project, which has required that entire sections of the 70-year-old building be vacated at different times.
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But the fact that O’Connor set up shop in another location in the Court building shows that she does not want to be too far from Court action when she retires. The nearby Thurgood Marshall Judiciary Building has office space for up to three retired justices, space that has been vacant since the deaths of Byron White and Harry Blackmun. Her move could trigger a free-for-all for her old office space when the renovation is complete. By tradition, current justices can put dibs on her office in order of seniority. If none of them want it, then her successor can have it.

Tony Mauro can be contacted at [email protected].

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