Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has decided to release a new book, according to Harvard University Press — amid raging speculation about whether or not the aging judge will retire during the Biden administration to pave the way for a new liberal justice to take his place.
The publisher shared a look at portions of Breyer’s upcoming book called “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics.”
The book’s description notes, “If public trust is now in decline, the solution is to promote better understanding of how the judiciary actually works: overwhelmingly, judges adhere to their oath to avoid considerations of politics and popularity.”
It adds, “The peril facing the Supreme Court comes less from partisan judges than from citizens who, encouraged by politicians, equate impartial justice with agreeable judicial outcomes.
“Breyer warns that public trust would be eroded by political intervention, dashing the authority of the Court. Without the public’s trust, the Court would no longer be able to act as a check on the other branches of government and a guarantor of the rule of law, threatening the foundations of our constitutional system.”
Speculation regarding the octogenarian’s soon retirement has been noted in various outlets since Biden has taken office.
Rep. Mondaire Jones wrote May 3 according to NPR, “If Justice Breyer is to be committed to his judicial ideology, he is going to want to be replaced on the bench by someone who is going to vote to uphold the fundamental right to vote in this country and to protect the rights of the most marginalized members of our society.”
Politico reported in April Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said he would “never presume to tell a Supreme Court justice to retire,” but that Breyer himself “is very familiar with the potential risks of a Republican president appointing his successor.”
Breyer has yet to comment regarding when he will end his time of service in the court.