Justice David Souter has told the White House that he will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of the court's term in June, a source familiar with his plans said Thursday night.
The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Souter.
Speculation that the 69-year-old justice will be stepping down has been fueled by his failure to appoint law clerks from the fall term.
National Public Radio reported that Souter will remain on the bench until a successor is confirmed.
The Supreme Court declined to comment on the report.
Souter's retirement would give President Barack Obama his first pick for the high court. Court watchers expect him to choose a woman to join , currently the only woman on the Supreme Court.
Really, this is no big deal. If Souter does retire, Obama will predictably please his stans by selecting another liberal, most likely a female, so Ruth Ginsburg can have somebody to talk about boys with. The ideological shift on SCOTUS will then stay the same and despite what the media says, the GOP won't put up much of a fight, because as we've seen in the past, with the challenges to Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, unlike the loons, Republicans are more concerned with judges being qualified rather then whether or not they meet ideological litmus tests.