Justice Stevens to Retire from the Supreme Court

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Justice Stevens to Retire from the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Today Justice John Paul Stevens announced that he will retire from the
Supreme Court at the end of the term.   Stevens, who was nominated to
the Court in 1975 by President Gerald Ford, is the Court’s Senior
Associate Justice.
 
Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:
 
“Justice
Stevens deserves our deepest thanks for his service to our country.  In
his years on the Court, he’s been a guardian of the rights and
liberties of ordinary Americans, and shown a commitment to the core
constitutional values that are the foundation of our democracy.  In
scores of decisions, he’s provided crucial leadership to the Court,
most recently in his ringing dissent in Citizens United v. FEC, which
struck down more than a century of settled law limiting corporate
influence in elections.
 
“His retirement will give President
Obama his second opportunity to nominate a jurist for our nation’s
Highest Court.  I hope he will select someone who will continue Justice
Stevens’s tradition of working to ensure that individuals receive the
fair treatment that our Constitution guarantees.  In recent years, the
Court has given extraordinary preference to powerful interests at the
expense of ordinary Americans.  Justice Stevens was a bulwark against
that trend.  Our country’s next Justice must play a similar role.”

 

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