The news was just confirmed that former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has officially passed away. The judge was 99-years-old at the time of his death.
Justice Stevens was known as the judge who was nominated by a Republican President but who ended up fighting on both sides of the spectrum and was extremely Independent-minded. He was the third-longest serving Justice in Supreme Court history.
He passed away on Tuesday night in Florida following a brief illness, according to Fox News. He had been the oldest member of the Supreme Court before his retirement in 2010.
At the time of his retirement, law clerk Eduardo Peñalver said, “He’s not someone who’s historically been a champion of either political camp. He was a humble person who despite his position and stature, was at ease with all kinds of people, and able to bring them together.”
Following his death, several people noted that Justice Stevens would typically look at a case for what it was based on what was presented to him. This was contrasted to others who would make “sweeping pronouncements on judicial philosophy,” as noted by Fox News.
Private Attorney Clifford Sloan said, “Stevens was probably one of the least known justices publicly, and it’s ironic because he has had as big an impact of the Supreme Court and on American society as any justice. But his niceness and his unassuming manner should not be mistaken for any kind of softness. He has the sharpest mind I’ve ever encountered.”
Justice Stevens joined the Bench in 1975 after a nomination by President Ford. 5 years prior he had been called to serve at a federal appeals court in Chicago by President Richard Nixon.
Stevens is survived by 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
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