Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at Age 99

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99: (“John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer into the outspoken leader of the court’s liberal wing, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99. * * * The cause was complications of a stroke he suffered the day before, the Supreme Court announced in a statement. * * * When he retired in 2010 at the age of 90, Justice Stevens was the second-oldest and third-longest-serving justice ever to sit on the court. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was about eight months older when he retired in 1932; William O. Douglas had served 36 years (1939-75), and Stephen J. Field served a few days more than Justice Stevens (1863-97).”)

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