Justice Stevens evolved into Supreme Court’s liberal lion

Nation mourns champion of the ordinary person


National News

July 17, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on December 5, 2003. PETE SOUZA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice.

That’s how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court’s liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection and limits on the death penalty.

Stevens, who died Tuesday at age 99 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, served longer than all but two justices and was the second-oldest after Oliver Wendell Holmes in the court’s nearly 230 years.

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