Obama to Address Stevens’ Retirement Friday

Posted April 9, 2010 at 11:55am

Updated: 1:48 p.m.

President Barack Obama will address Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement Friday afternoon.

The president was already scheduled to discuss the West Virginia mine accident at 1:20 p.m. in the Rose Garden. A White House aide confirmed that Obama will now also respond to the news that Stevens, 89, will step down before the high court begins its next term in the fall. His speech was later bumped to 1:45 p.m.

Stevens sent a letter to the White House on Friday morning stating his intention to retire after 34 years on the bench.