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​Retiring From Supreme Court More Common Than You Think

​Stephen Breyer joins a long line of justices who stepped down from lifetime job

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Can you retire from a lifetime job? Even though U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, 39 of the 115 people who have been justices of the high court chose to retire. At age 83, Justice Stephen Breyer is about to be added to that list. Here's a look at some of the high court jurists who have retired.

Dena Bunis covers Medicare, health care, health policy and Congress. She also writes the “Medicare Made Easy” column for the AARP Bulletin. An award-winning journalist, Bunis spent decades working for metropolitan daily newspapers, including as Washington bureau chief for the Orange County Register and as a health policy and workplace writer for Newsday.