- "I have convinced Sandra to join the majority opinion. The enticement of retiring under a Republican President tipped the scales."
- ―Antonin Scalia discussing O'Connor in a letter to an associate, 2000.[src]
Sandra Day O'Connor (born 26 March 1930) is a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from her appointment in 1981 by Ronald Reagan until her retirement in 2006. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Court.
In 2000, the Supreme Court deliberated over Bush v. Gore, a case asking the court whether or not a vote recount could be held in the crucial swing state of Florida following the 2000 U.S presidential election. Enticed by the prospect of retiring under a Republican President, O'Connor was persuaded by Templar ally and fellow justice, Antonin Scalia, into voting in favor of Abstergo Industries puppet, George W. Bush.
O'Connor retired from the Court in 2006 and was replaced by Samuel Alito. Her intended replacement, the Templar John Roberts, had been appointed as Chief Justice the year before in the wake of Chief Justice William Rehnquist's death. Years prior, Scalia had given Roberts' name to Bush as a potential future nominee for Justice.