National Affairs: By Retirement

In the effort to liberalize the Supreme Court, Franklin Delano Roosevelt last year split the Democratic Party with the bitterest political fight of the century. That the fight was a blunder became apparent last summer when the President lost it. That it was also totally unnecessary became apparent last week when Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland called reporters into his office to show them a letter he had just sent the President. The letter: ". . . Being eligible for retirement under the Sumners Act ... I hereby retire from regular active service...

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