April 5, 2010
The Obama administration, likely to learn in the next several weeks whether Justice John Paul Stevens will retire, is focusing on three candidates to succeed him, a White House official familiar with the deliberations said.
The group includes U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland , the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Stevens, who will turn 90 on April 20, told the New York Times in an April 2 interview that he will decide soon whether he will step down. “The president and the Senate need plenty of time to fill a vacancy,” Stevens told the newspaper.
The justices are set to meet today to announce a list of cases they will hear. They are scheduled to rule in dozens, including high-profile fights over gun rights and the fraud conviction of former Enron Corp. chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling, before the term ends in late June or early July.