American Judges Association


Court Review: Journal of the American Judges Association


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Court Review - Volume 55


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In this column we commemorate Justice John Paul Stevens (April 20, 1920 – July 16, 2019). He 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. He wrote decisions 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 held that they were accountable under our Constitution and laws. He also authored numerous books, which discussed his judicial philosophy. Stevens was the second-oldest serving Supreme Court justice in United States history.