The appointment comes as no great surprise. O'Connor has thusfar been very active in her retirement, which was effective in January. She has spoken out several times against judicial intimidation [JURIST report] in the course of championing judicial independence in speeches and op-eds. She is also following in the footsteps of other retired Supreme Court justices who later sat on other courts for a time after leaving the national bench; Thurgood Marshall sat on the Second Circuit for a week in 1992, and after his retirement in 1957 Stanley F. Reed [OYEZ profile] - the last Supreme Court justice not to have a formal law degree - often sat on the US Court of Claims. AP has more.
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