CA Supreme Court justice to retire

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Updated: 2/11 6:10 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The longest-serving current justice of the California Supreme Court has announced that she is retiring.

The 72-year-old Justice Joyce Kennard notified Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday afternoon that she intends to step down on April 5, ending her 24-year tenure as a member of the state's highest court.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Former Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Kennard to the Supreme Court in 1989.

She previously was a Los Angeles trial judge and an appeals court justice for a brief time before being elevated to the State Supreme Court.

Kennard has a unique personal history, according to the Mercury News, because she is a native of Indonesia and lost part of her right leg to a tumor, forcing her to walk with a prosthetic the rest of her life.

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