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Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens, Liberal Voice, Dies at 99

  • Republican-appointed justice became anchor of progressive wing
  • He retired in 2010 as second-oldest justice in U.S. history
John Paul Stevens
John Paul StevensPhotographer: J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via Bloomberg
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John Paul Stevens, who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by a Republican president only to become a leading liberal voice on presidential powers, the death penalty and individual rights, has died. He was 99.

The retired justice died Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, of complications following a stroke he suffered on Monday, the Supreme Court said in a statement.