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Obama Focuses on Three Candidates to Succeed Justice Stevens

Greg Stohr

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 [1], 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.

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