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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the independent-minded jurist whose bright bow ties and courteous manner symbolized an old-fashioned style of integrity, died Tuesday after suffering a stroke a day earlier. He was 99.
Though he joined the court as a centrist Republican, he emerged in his later years as the leading voice of its liberal bloc.
Stevens retired in 2010 after more than 34 years on the bench, the third-longest tenure in the court’s history. Then-President Obama, sporting a red bow tie in his honor, described him as a “brilliant, non-ideological, pragmatic” justice who “applied the Constitution and the laws of the land with fidelity and restraint.”
His departure also marked the end of an era. He was the last World War II veteran to serve on the court. And as he noted on his last day, he had joined “the brethren” in 1975 at a time when only men served as justices. He was replaced by Justice Elena Kagan, who became the third woman on the nine-member court.
John Paul Stevens (April 20, 1920 – July 16, 2019) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1975 until his voluntary retirement in 2010. At the time of his retirement, he was the second-oldest-serving justice in the history of the court, and the third-longest-serving justice. His long tenure saw him write for the court on most issues of American law, including civil liberties, death penalty, government action and intellectual property. In cases involving presidents of the United States, he wrote for the court that they were to be held accountable under American law. A registered Republican when appointed, Stevens was considered to have been on the liberal side of the court at the time of his retirement. Stevens is the longest-lived Supreme Court justice in United States history.
Born in Chicago, Stevens served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law. After clerking for Justice Wiley Blount Rutledge, he co-founded a law firm in Chicago, focusing on antitrust law. In 1970, President Richard Nixon appointed Stevens to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Five years later, President Gerald Ford successfully nominated Stevens to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas. He became the senior Associate Justice after the retirement of Harry Blackmun in 1994. Stevens retired during the administration of President Barack Obama and was succeeded by Elena Kagan.
Stevens' majority opinions in landmark cases include Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Apprendi v. New Jersey, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Kelo v. City of New London, and Massachusetts v. EPA. Stevens is also known for his dissents in Texas v. Johnson, Bush v. Gore, D.C. v. Heller, and Citizens United v. FEC.
Stevens was portrayed by the actor William Schallert in the film “Recount”. He was portrayed by David Grant Wright in two episodes of ‘Boston Legal’ in which Alan Shore and Denny Crane appear before the Supreme Court.
And he was also portrayed by Richard Erdman in an episode of ‘Picket Fences’.
Any differences in Stevens’ appearance in the three TV series portrayals can be chalked up to the perception of the Justice by regular characters from ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Picket Fences’. This leaves Schallert’s depiction which, while still in the main Toobworld (as well as in the MOTW Toobworld), stands alone with no recurring characters to anchor it. So it could be said that Justice Stevens as seen in “Recount” could be considered the official portrayal.
William Schallert as Justice Stevens
“THE COURT SUPREME”
David Grant Wright as Justice Stevens
“MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT”
Richard Erdman as Justice Steven