Nominated by Republican President Gerald R. Ford, Justice John Paul Stevens was considered a centrist when he joined the Supreme Court in 1975. Steven's role began to shift after the retirements of liberal justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall, and he has served as the leader of the court's liberal wing for more than 15 years. These are a sample of notable opinions
SOURCE: Staff reports | By Karen Yourish and Alberto Cuadra - The Washington Post - April 11, 2010
For liberals, replacing the irreplaceable justice Article | In nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens went from idiosyncratic maverick to the leader of the court's liberal wing. He always described it as the court's evolution more than his own -- almost all of his colleagues, he said, had been replaced by a justice with more conse...