Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a leading liberal during his time on the high court, died Tuesday night at the age of 99, the Supreme Court announced.
The Supreme Court said in a statement that Stevens died at a hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., due to complications following a stoke he suffered on Monday.
Stevens spent 35 years on the Supreme Court after he was nominated by then-President Gerald Ford in 1975. He saw seven different presidents and three chief justices during his time as a justice.
And he played a crucial role in key Supreme Court decisions, from voting to reinstate the death penalty in 1976 – a vote he later said he regretted – to authoring a blistering dissent of the court’s 2000 ruling in Bush v. Gore.
Full Supreme Court statement on the passing of John Paul Stevens who "died this evening at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15." He was 99 years old. pic.twitter.com/6l4eziv6Va
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