Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the third-longest serving justice in U.S. history, has died. the Supreme Court announced. He was 99.
Stevens spent 35 years on the Supreme Court after he was nominated by then-President Gerald Ford in 1975. He saw seven different presidents and three chief justices during his time as a justice.
And he played a crucial role in key Supreme Court decisions, from voting to reinstate the death penalty in 1976 — a vote he later said he regretted — to authoring a blistering dissent of the court’s 2000 ruling in Bush v. Gore.
Stevens retired from the Supreme Court in 2010 at the age of 90, opening the door for former President Obama to appoint Justice Elena Kagan to the court.
But retirement didn’t render Stevens silent: He continued to speak out in recent years, and even published a memoir in May.
Stevens also made headlines last year as he weighed in on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation process, saying he didn’t believe Kavanaugh should be confirmed due to allegations of sexual harassment against President Trump’s then-nominee.