EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering Stepping Down

Mar. 4 2010, Published 9:10 a.m. ET

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Update: has obtained new information that Justice Roberts will NOT resign. The justice will be staying on the bench.

John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, is seriously considering stepping down from the nation’s highest court for personal reasons, has learned exclusively.

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Roberts, known for his conservative judicial philosophy, has served on the Supreme Court  since 2005, having been nominated by President George W. Bush after the death of former Chief William Rehnquist.

Article continues below advertisement has been told that Roberts, 55, could announce his decision at any time.

The decision  paves the way for President Barack Obama to make his second  appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court following his first, Sonia Sotomayor.

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