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In an op-ed piece appearing in the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, the dean of the law school at the University of California at Irvine argues that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently turned 81, should retire in June. That's when the current Supreme Court term is finished.

Retiring would ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares Ginsberg's liberal views on issues like abortion, gay marriage, and the death penalty.

“[L]eaving before the next election isn't enough,” the dean says, because—if Justice Ginsburg were to remain on the Supreme Court until 2016—there would be “a real chance that Republicans would delay the confirmation process to block an outgoing president from being able to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.”

Read the full op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.

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