Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver said Thursday she will resign from the court in October. Weaver is one of five Republican nominees on the seven-member court.
Weaver, 63, said Supreme Court justices can serve too long, for repeated eight-year terms until the age of 70.
"Thus, I intend to put my money where my mouth is and step down in October 2005 after over 10 years on the Supreme Court," she said in a written statement.
Though a Republican nominee, it has not been uncommon for Weaver to join the court's two Democratic nominees in 4-3 rulings.
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve Michigan as a common sense, independent, and self-disciplined judicial thinker," she said. "I am a judge who is a Republican, not a Republican who is a judge."