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July 02, 2005

Taranto on O'Connor (Corrected!)

Corrected: Whoops! See below.

I missed this from Best of the Web yesterday.

The best prediction, though, is the Wednesday Associated Press dispatch, which we noted yesterday, that flatly stated O'Connor would retire:
Sandra O'Connor, Baltimore County's state's attorney for more than three decades, has said she will retire, her office said Wednesday.

A Republican, O'Connor said she would retire in December 2006 when her eighth term ends, according to a release from Baltimore County State's Attorney's office. . . .

O'Connor grew up in Catonsville and obtained her law degree at Indiana University School of Law, according to a biography on the office Web site.

Actually, O'Connor is a U.S. Supreme Court justice, not the Baltimore County state attorney; she has served for just under 24 years, not more than three decades; she is retiring as soon as her successor is confirmed, not in December 2006; Supreme Court justices serve for life and thus cannot have an "eighth term"; and O'Connor grew up outside Duncan, Ariz., not in Catonville, and went to law school at Stanford, not Indiana University.

Other than that, the story was accurate.

Taranto also notes the "strange new respect" O'Connor is getting from liberals, and wonders if this the same Sandra Day O'Connor they vented so much spleen at after Bush v. Gore.

As far as I can tell, it is. So I'm very confused.

Correction: Well, the strange new respect stuff still stands, but an unnamed commenter says that a Sandra O'Connor just did in fact retire from the Baltimore DA's office. They just happen to have the same name and are retiring at the same time.

So the article isn't in error. It's just confusing for those of us outside Baltimore, is all.

The Washington Post also notes her retirement.

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