Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has announced she is withdrawing from public life after being diagnosed with dementia.
In a letter released on Tuesday, the 88-year-old said doctors had diagnosed her with early-stage dementia and “probably Alzheimer’s disease”.
Justice O’Connor was the first woman to be appointed to the US top court, and a key swing vote. She retired in 2006.
She served as a visiting judge and civics educator after retiring.