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John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, speaks to judges and lawyers at the American Bar Association's national convention in Dallas in 1979.
April 9, 2010 During his 34 years on the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens became a brilliant tactician, forging unexpected majorities that established new legal rules on issues ranging from the death penalty to national security. Although the retiring justice dislikes the description, he is considered the leader of the court's liberal faction.
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April 9, 2010 Justice John Paul Stevens authored some of the Supreme Court's most complex and important decisions. Though he often brought justices together to form unexpected majorities on a wide range of legal issues, he also dissented from the majority's rulings more frequently than any other justice. Here, a sampling of some of Stevens' key opinions — in the majority and in dissent.
April 9, 2010 Unfettered praise and grudging respect greeted Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement that he will retire this summer at age 90 after 35 years on the Supreme Court. Stevens' announcement, made 11 days before his 90th birthday, gives President Obama his second court opening to fill.
April 9, 2010 When a Supreme Court retirement is as widely anticipated as that of John Paul Stevens, the list of prospective successors is bound to be public. In this case, it's also remarkably short. Other prospects may emerge, but three names sure to be on the list are Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appeals judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland.
April 9, 2010 After nearly 35 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, the leader of the liberal justices clears the way for Obama's second appointment.
March 15, 2010 Speculation is growing that Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court's longest-serving member, will step down in June. New Yorker legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin discusses who is likely to replace Stevens — and offers his take on how the court will rule on the future of gun control laws.
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