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Calif. Supreme Court Justice Moreno to retire

January 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The only Democratic appointee on California's Supreme Court is stepping down.Justice Carlos Moreno, 62, submitted his resignation to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday. He said in a statement that he plans to return to the private sector.

Moreno was on President Barack Obama's short list for the U.S. Supreme Court opening in 2009 that was ultimately filled by Elena Kagan.

Moreno was named to the state's high court in 2001 by then-Gov. Gray Davis. Before that, he served as a Los Angeles federal judge for three years.

His last day on the Supreme Court will be Feb. 28.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.