October 29, 2012 -- Professor Adam Winkler commented on the upcoming presidential election and the Supreme Court justices' retirement decisions in a National Law Journal article.
The "biggest issue" for Scalia and Kennedy would be health, and both are in very good health, said Adam Winkler of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. "It could be that the retirement of [Sandra Day] O'Connor has been a warning to the justices not to retire too early," he added. "She retired largely to take care of her husband and to avoid two vacancies at the same time [Chief Justice William Rehnquist was seriously ill at the time], and neither of those plans worked out well for her. For someone who is used to that kind of power, it must be very difficult to give up."
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