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Friday, July 22, 2005

Comments by retiring Justice O'Connor

In The New York Times, some comments by retiring Justice O'Connor:

"In her first public speaking engagement since she announced her retirement from the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told a crowd of 700 judges, lawyers and other admirers on Thursday that "in all the years of my life, I don't think I've ever seen relations as strained as they are now between the judiciary and some members of Congress."

"Well, I'm pretty old," Justice O'Connor, 75, said to the large crowd gathered at the Spokane Convention Center for an annual conference organized by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. "And it makes me very sad to see it."

She continued: "The present climate is such that I worry about the future of the federal judiciary. For one thing, Congress has not seen fit to have judicial salaries keep pace with what would be expected of people in equivalent professions."

Justice O'Connor has said she supports the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill her seat, although she expressed some disappointment about President Bush's not nominating a woman."

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