Justice Cowin to retire from Masschusett's Supreme Judicial Court
Massachusetts: Yesterday, Justice Judith Cowin announced her retirement from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She will step down this April. Her term was set to expire next year, when she reached the mandatory retirement age. 
Cowin gives Governor Deval Patrick his third opportunity to appoint a justice to the court. Of the retirement, the governor said, "I appreciate her work for the people of the Commonwealth. Her replacement will have a big hole to fill." 
Though the justice did not give a public statement about her announcement, in a letter to the governor announcing her resignation she added, "Everything has a season. It’s time to do those things with family and friends that I have had to postpone or reduce because of the demands of the office."