Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter to retire in January

Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter to retire in January

California Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter, who is considered as one of the court's most conservative justices, confirmed on Wednesday that he would retire in January 2015.

The planned retirement of 74-year-old Baxter will follow Justice Joyce L. Kennard's exit in April. Baxter's departure will provide Gov. Jerry Brown with more space to reshape the state's apex court.

Announcing his planned retirement, Baxter said in a statement, "It is a great honor to have served on the state's high court since 1991. With three chief justices, twelve associate justices, and excellent staff, I have been able to contribute to its substantial body of opinions and case law."

He also supported the evolution of the judicial branch of state government as a member of the Judicial Council of California.

He added that he and his 51-year-old wife, Jane Pippert Baxter, had plans to lead an active retirement life, and focus their attention on their family, relatives and friends.

Baxter, a native of Fresno County, attended Fresno State University and earned his law degree from San Francisco's Hastings College of the Law, where he is a director emeritus.

Baxter's career spanned from private practice to deputy district attorney to appointments secretary to Deukmejian. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Baxter served the state as an associate justice at the California Court of Appeal.

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