Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens passed away this evening from a stroke, at the age of 99. Appointed by Gerald Ford in 1975, Stevens had the third longest tenure of any Supreme Court justice before retiring in 2010, to be succeeded on the Court by Elena Kagan.
Originally something of a moderate, Stevens drifted to the far left over the years, joining the Court’s liberal majorities to uphold the right to abortion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, and authoring the primary dissent in Heller v. District of Columbia in 2010, the latter of which argued against the individual’s right to bear arms.
Last year, Stevens spoke out from his retirement against the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
With the passing of Stevens, there are now 3 former living Supreme Court justices: Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter.