Justice O'Connor, 75, submitted a retirement letter to President Bush that said it has been a privilege for her to serve on the high court for the past 24 years. She leaves with enormous respect for the court and its role under the U.S. Constitution.
President Bush praised Justice O'Connor's contributions to the Supreme Court: "Justice O'Connor's great intellect, wisdom and personal decency have won her the esteem of her colleagues and our country."
Daw Phyu Phyu, a historian from Stranton Pennsylvania thoroughly analyzed the critical and influential role of Justice Sadra Day O'Connor in the US Supreme court over the past 24 years.
Republican President Ronald Reagan appointed O'Connor as Justice in US Supreme Court in 198. But she often pleased liberal activist groups with her views in favor of abortion rights and placing new limits on the death penalty.
She also tended to favor states rights when there were conflicts with the federal government, and she often supported enhanced police powers in the handling of criminal suspects.