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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 08:47 PM

John Paul Stevens, longtime leader of Supreme Court's liberal wing, dies at 99

Source: Washington Post



John Paul Stevens, a moderate midwestern Republican and former antitrust lawyer from Chicago who evolved into a savvy and sometimes passionate leader of the Supreme Courtís liberal wing and became the third-longest-serving justice on the high court before his retirement in 2010, died July 16 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99.

The cause was complications from a stroke that he suffered yesterday, according to an announcement from the Supreme Court. The only justices who served longer were William O. Douglas, whom Justice Stevens replaced in 1975, and Stephen J. Field, a nominee of President Abraham Lincoln who served for much of the late 19th century.

During his 35-year tenure, Justice Stevens left his stamp on nearly every area of the law, writing the courtís opinions in landmark cases on government regulation, the death penalty, criminal law, intellectual property and civil liberties. Justice Stevens also spoke for the court when it held presidents accountable under the law, writing the 1997 decision that required President Bill Clinton to face Paula Jonesís sexual harassment suit, and the 2006 opinion that barred President George W. Bush from holding military trials for prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base without congressional authorization.

But it was in his frequent dissenting opinions that Stevens set forth a view of the law that seemed increasingly ó but not automatically ó liberal as the years went by and as the court itself shifted right. A strong proponent of federal power, Justice Stevens sharply criticized the limitations Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and his fellow conservatives put on Congressís power to define and remedy violations of federal law by the states. In Bush v. Gore, the 2000 election case that helped George W. Bush win the presidency, Justice Stevens lamented in dissent that the five Republican justices who backed Bush would ďlend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land.Ē

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/john-paul-stevens-longtime-leader-of-supreme-courts-liberal-wing-dies-at-99/2019/07/16/701232a2-a829-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html



Original article and headline -

Former justice John Paul Stevens, who led the Supreme Courtís liberal wing before his retirement in 2010, dies at 99

By Washington Post Staff
July 16 at 8:42 PM

Stevens evolved into a savvy and sometimes passionate leader of the high courtís liberal wing and became the third-longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history.

During his 35-year tenure, Justice Stevens left his stamp on nearly every area of the law, writing the courtís opinions in several landmark cases.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2019/07/16/former-justice-john-paul-stevens-who-led-the-supreme-courts-liberal-wing-before-his-retirement-in-2010-dies-at-99/?utm_term=.403ed06dbd00

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BumRushDaShow Jul 16 OP
applegrove Jul 16 #1
Clash City Rocker Jul 16 #2
Drunken Irishman Jul 16 #15
Clash City Rocker Jul 17 #18
Brainfodder Jul 16 #3
hlthe2b Jul 16 #4
ms liberty Jul 16 #5
sinkingfeeling Jul 16 #6
DeminPennswoods Jul 16 #7
FakeNoose Jul 16 #8
ancianita Jul 16 #14
UpInArms Jul 16 #9
dalton99a Jul 16 #11
dalton99a Jul 16 #10
still_one Jul 16 #12
DonaldsRump Jul 16 #13
Judi Lynn Jul 16 #16
BlueWI Jul 17 #17
Aristus Jul 17 #19

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:03 PM

2. God bless liberal justices who were appointed by Republicans

Without Stevens, America would have been a much darker place.

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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 11:27 PM

15. Yup. Thank God For Stevens and Souter.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:21 AM

18. And, going back in time a little, Earl Warren

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:06 PM

3. Awaiting orange calling him a horrible person and one he admires.

It's my twilight zone episode too!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:08 PM

4. the way things used to be... Ford asked his advisors to find him the 'best' person & meant it

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:08 PM

5. K&R. RIP. n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:11 PM

6. R.I.P. We will take back our democracy.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:14 PM

7. R.I.P Justice Stevens

I recall his scathing dissent in Bush v Gore. I printed it out and read it.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:15 PM

8. Thank you Justice Stevens! You will always be among the greatest judges EVER!

Rest in Peace, sir!



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 11:25 PM

14. +1 Truth.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:15 PM

9. Rest well, Justice Stevens

Bush v. Gore [edit]

In Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), Stevens wrote a scathing dissent on the Court's ruling to stay the recount of votes in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. He believed that the holding displayed "an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed." He continued, "The endorsement of that position by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today's decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:20 PM

11. +1.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:19 PM

10. R.I.P. to a great American

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:37 PM

12. Thank-you Justice Stevens

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 09:59 PM

13. RIP, Mr. Justice Stevens

Great jurist and great hero.

He is what makes America great.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 11:38 PM

16. Justice Stevens, rest in peace.

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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 12:41 AM

17. RIP Justice Stevens

A warrior for human rights. All of us have big shoes to fill.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 10:34 AM

19. Rest In Peace, sir.

You were proof that, once upon a time, the Republican Party was an honorable institution.

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