Justice Stevens says he'll decide on retirement in the next month

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he'll decide in the next month whether or not he'll retire at the end of the high court's term his year. 

Stevens, the 89-year old Supreme Court jurist who's served on the bench since late 1975, told the New Yorker that he may retire this year, and that he will definitely retire within the next three years. 

Stevens told the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin that he would decide soon on whether or not this term would be his last. 

“Well, I still have my options open,” he said. “When I decided to just hire one clerk, three of my four clerks last year said they’d work for me next year if I wanted them to. So I have my options still. And then I’ll have to decide soon.”

And while Stevens, who was appointed by Republican President Gerald Ford, declined to say whether he would prefer his successor be appointed by a Democrat or a Republican, he said he was confident that President Barack Obama could appoint a good jurist to take his place. 

“I have a great admiration for him, and certainly think he’s capable of picking successfully, you know, doing a good job of filling vacancies.” Stevens said. “You can say I will retire within the next three years. I’m sure of that.”

Obama has appointed one Supreme Court justice so far, following Justice David Souter's retirement at the end of last year's term. 

Obama's pick to succeed Souter, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, won Senate confirmation in a 68-31 vote.