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Bridging The Gap
In 35 years of opinions and dissents, John Paul Stevens left his mark on the Supreme Court and American life
  Wednesday 17 July, 2019
In 35 years of opinions and dissents, John Paul Stevens left his mark on the Supreme Court and American life

WASHINGTON He was nominated by Republican President Gerald Ford and retired under Democratic President Barack Obama, who was a teenager when John Paul Stevens began his 35 years of service on the Supreme Court.

In between, Stevens who died Tuesday at 99 after suffering a stroke had a major impact on most areas of American life, even as he evolved from a self-described conservative to become the leader of the court's liberal wing.

Stevens voted to reinstate the death penalty in 1976, a decision he came to rue as he authored opinions decades later limiting its use. He voted against minority set-asides in college admissions in 1978 but upheld a similar policy a quarter century later.

Through it all, Stevens maintained the support of Ford and won the confidence of Obama, even while tormenting some of the presidents who came in between.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/17/john-paul-stevens-supreme-court-justices-top-opinions-dissents/1754326001/

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