Sandra Day O'Connor Officially Retired from Public Life

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, has stepped back from public life, The Associated Press reports in this in-depth story. For more than a decade after leaving the court in 2006, O’Connor kept up an active schedule: serving as a visiting federal appeals court judge, speaking on issues she cared about and founding her own education organization. But the 88-year-old, for more than two decades often the deciding vote in important cases, is now fully retired. This summer, she turned her office over to recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Her son Jay O’Connor attributed the move to health concerns.

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