The Daily Beast: Sonia Sotomayor Shouldn’t Be Bullied Into Early Retirement

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Eleanor Clift

This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on April 6, 2024.

Zack Ford, senior manager of press and editorial communications at Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a liberal advocacy group, told The Daily Beast that he’s seen an uptick in calls for Sotomayor to resign, which “speaks to how focused people are on the Court and how politicized it is.”

AFJ does not take a position on individual retirements, and instead “stands by efforts to de-politicize the court through reforms like term limits, so it’s not left to chance who might be president if a justice has to leave for unplanned reasons.”

The Court is intentionally opaque about much of what it does, so there are no regular health updates on justices with lifetime appointments. SCOTUS recently put out its first ethical guidelines, which Ford notes “are weaker than what’s in place in lower courts.”

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