Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dead At 99 | All In | MSNBC

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dead At 99 | All In | MSNBC

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>>>WE HAVE SOME SAD NEWS THAT>>>WE HAVE SOME SAD NEWS THAT JUST BROKE JUST MOMENTS AGO. JUST BROKE JUST MOMENTS AGO. JOHN PAUL STEVENS, THE THIRD JOHN PAUL STEVENS, THE THIRD LONGEST SERVING UNITED STATES LONGEST SERVING UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, HAS DIED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, HAS DIED TONIGHT. TONIGHT. STEVENS JOINED THE SUPREME COURT STEVENS JOINED THE SUPREME COURT IN 1975. IN 1975. HE RETIRED IN 2010 WHEN HE WAS HE RETIRED IN 2010 WHEN HE WAS 90 YEARS OLD. 90 YEARS OLD. IN THAT TIME I WAS FORTUNATE IN THAT TIME I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO MEET HIM PERSONALLY. ENOUGH TO MEET HIM PERSONALLY. MY WIFE CLERKED FOR HIM IN THE MY WIFE CLERKED FOR HIM IN THE YEAR OF 2007. YEAR OF 2007. HE WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN HE WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEING AMONG EVERYTHING ELSE HE BEING AMONG EVERYTHING ELSE HE WAS EXCEPTIONAL ABOUT. WAS EXCEPTIONAL ABOUT. HE WAS APPOINTED BY THE HE WAS APPOINTED BY THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT GERALD REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT GERALD FORD. FORD. HE OFTEN VOTED WITH THE COURT’S HE OFTEN VOTED WITH THE COURT’S LIBERAL WING. LIBERAL WING. NBC JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE NBC JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS LOOKS BACK AT HIS LIFE WILLIAMS LOOKS BACK AT HIS LIFE AND LEGACY. AND LEGACY.>>Reporter: THE SUPREME COURT’S>>Reporter: THE SUPREME COURT’S ONLY GERALD FORD NOMINEE, JOHN ONLY GERALD FORD NOMINEE, JOHN PAUL STEPHENS, ARRIVED AS A PAUL STEPHENS, ARRIVED AS A MODERATE CONSERVATIVE. MODERATE CONSERVATIVE.>>I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS>>I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS EXPRESSION OF CONFIDENCE IN ME. EXPRESSION OF CONFIDENCE IN ME.>>HERE IS THE NOMINATION.>>HERE IS THE NOMINATION.>>Reporter: BUT HE QUICKLY>>Reporter: BUT HE QUICKLY HEADED IN HIS OWN DIRECTION, HEADED IN HIS OWN DIRECTION, BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT-MINDED BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT-MINDED JUSTICE AND THE COURT’S MOST JUSTICE AND THE COURT’S MOST PROLIFIC DISSENTER. PROLIFIC DISSENTER. HE INSISTED HE NEVER VARIED AND HE INSISTED HE NEVER VARIED AND SAID THE COURT SHIFTED AROUND SAID THE COURT SHIFTED AROUND HIM. HIM.>>I REALLY DON’T THINK I HAVE>>I REALLY DON’T THINK I HAVE CHANGED, AND I STILL CONSIDER CHANGED, AND I STILL CONSIDER MYSELF QUITE CONSERVATIVE. MYSELF QUITE CONSERVATIVE.>>Reporter: AT FIRST SKEPTICAL>>Reporter: AT FIRST SKEPTICAL OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING, HE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING, HE EVENTUALLY SUPPORTED IT IN EVENTUALLY SUPPORTED IT IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS. HE VOTED WITH THE COURT’S HE VOTED WITH THE COURT’S LIBERALS TO RESTRICT POLICE LIBERALS TO RESTRICT POLICE POWERS, GIVE PRISONERS GREATER POWERS, GIVE PRISONERS GREATER RIGHTS, KEEP A HIGH WALL BETWEEN RIGHTS, KEEP A HIGH WALL BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE AND SUPPORT THE CHURCH AND STATE AND SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AN ABORTION. RIGHT TO CHOOSE AN ABORTION. AND THOUGH HE NEVER VOTED TO AND THOUGH HE NEVER VOTED TO DECLARE THE DEATH PENALTY DECLARE THE DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, HE BECAME ONE UNCONSTITUTIONAL, HE BECAME ONE OF THE COURT’S MOST VOCAL OF THE COURT’S MOST VOCAL SKEPTICS ABOUT ITS FAIRNESS. SKEPTICS ABOUT ITS FAIRNESS.>>THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE>>THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE JUDGES WHO PRESIDE AND OFTEN JUDGES WHO PRESIDE AND OFTEN MAKE THE FINAL LIFE OR DEATH MAKE THE FINAL LIFE OR DEATH DECISION MUST STAND FOR DECISION MUST STAND FOR REELECTION CREATES A SUBTLE BIAS REELECTION CREATES A SUBTLE BIAS IN FAVOR OF DEATH. IN FAVOR OF DEATH.>>Reporter: BUT STEVENS>>Reporter: BUT STEVENS SOMETIMES VOTED WITH THE SOMETIMES VOTED WITH THE CONSERVATIVES. CONSERVATIVES. A DECORATED WORLD WAR II NAVY A DECORATED WORLD WAR II NAVY CODE BREAKER, HE DISSENTED WHEN CODE BREAKER, HE DISSENTED WHEN THE COURT STRUCK DOWN LAWS THAT THE COURT STRUCK DOWN LAWS THAT WOULD HAVE BANNED FLAG BURNING WOULD HAVE BANNED FLAG BURNING AND LED A UNANIMOUS COURT THAT AND LED A UNANIMOUS COURT THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD FACE A CIVIL THE PRESIDENT COULD FACE A CIVIL LAWSUIT WHILE IN OFFICE, LAWSUIT WHILE IN OFFICE, ALLOWING A SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLOWING A SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUIT TO PROCEED AGAINST SUIT TO PROCEED AGAINST PRESIDENT CLINTON. PRESIDENT CLINTON. STEVENS UNDERWENT HEART BYPASS STEVENS UNDERWENT HEART BYPASS SURGERY AND TREATMENT FOR SURGERY AND TREATMENT FOR PROSTATE CANCER BUT MAINTAINED A PROSTATE CANCER BUT MAINTAINED A VIGOROUS LIFE OFF THE BENCH. VIGOROUS LIFE OFF THE BENCH. HE HAD FOUR CHILDREN AND NINE HE HAD FOUR CHILDREN AND NINE GRANDCHILDREN AND DIVIDED HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND DIVIDED HIS TIME BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND A TIME BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND A HOME IN FLORIDA, COMMUNICATING HOME IN FLORIDA, COMMUNICATING WITH HIS LAW CLERKS WITH HIS LAW CLERKS ELECTRONICALLY. ELECTRONICALLY.>>IT’S ENABLED ME TO SPEND MORE>>IT’S ENABLED ME TO SPEND MORE TIME ON THE GOLF COURSE. TIME ON THE GOLF COURSE.>>Reporter: HE REMAINED>>Reporter: HE REMAINED FIERCELY LOYAL TO HIS NATIVE FIERCELY LOYAL TO HIS NATIVE CHICAGO, EVEN THROWING OUT THE CHICAGO, EVEN THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH AT A CUBS GAME AS AN FIRST PITCH AT A CUBS GAME AS AN 85-YEAR-OLD RIGHT-HANDER. 85-YEAR-OLD RIGHT-HANDER. AT AGE 90, JUSTICE STEVENS AT AGE 90, JUSTICE STEVENS RETIRED IN JUNE JUNE OF 2009, AF RETIRED IN JUNE JUNE OF 2009, AF 34 1/2 YEARS ON THE COURT. 34 1/2 YEARS ON THE COURT. IN 2012, BARACK OBAMA PRESENTED IN 2012, BARACK OBAMA PRESENTED HIM WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL HIM WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM IN RECOGNITION OF HIS OF FREEDOM IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LASTING EFFECT ON THE LAW AS THE LASTING EFFECT ON THE LAW AS THE THIRD LONGEST SERVING JUSTICE IN THIRD LONGEST SERVING JUSTICE IN U.S. HISTORY. U.S. HISTORY. PETE WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS, AT THE PETE WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS, AT THE SUPREME COURT. SUPREME COURT.>>A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS>>A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH WITH MY WIFE, FORTUNATE ENOUGH WITH MY WIFE, KATE, TO ATTEND THE 99th KATE, TO ATTEND THE 99th BIRTHDAY PARTY AND CLERKSHIP BIRTHDAY PARTY AND CLERKSHIP REUNION OF JOHN PAUL STEVENS REUNION OF JOHN PAUL STEVENS DOWN IN FLORIDA. DOWN IN FLORIDA. I CAN JUST SAY IT IS A TESTAMENT I CAN JUST SAY IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE KIND OF MAN HE WAS, BOTH TO THE KIND OF MAN HE WAS, BOTH AS A PUBLIC FIGURE AND IN AS A PUBLIC FIGURE AND IN PRIVATE, THE INTEGRITY AND PRIVATE, THE INTEGRITY AND WISDOM, KINDNESS AND GRACE WITH WISDOM, KINDNESS AND GRACE WITH WHICH HE LED HIS LIFE. WHICH HE LED HIS LIFE. THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM, YOU THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM, YOU CANNOT FIND A SINGLE PERSON WHO CANNOT FIND A SINGLE PERSON WHO WOULD SAY ANYTHING BUT THAT HE WOULD SAY ANYTHING BUT THAT HE WAS ONE OF THE FINEST HUMAN WAS ONE OF THE FINEST HUMAN BEINGS THAT THEY EVER HAD THE BEINGS THAT THEY EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING AROUND. PLEASURE OF BEING AROUND. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOHN PAUL

13 thoughts on “Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dead At 99 | All In | MSNBC

  • Fan Mac Post author

    Rest in Peace to a great Justice.

  • Cool Hand Mark Post author

    Good riddance Reicher!

  • Lars Rodbok Post author

    Sad. Good man.

  • Todd Schneider Post author

    AP News release:

    A new poll taken by CNN was conducted earlier today asking whether the entire GOP party, minus the four house representatives who voted for the resolution, has become a racist political entity. Out of the 8,347 being polled, “seventy four percent” agreed to the fact that the country was moving back into a “Jim Crow” era relationship against the “color” community.

    “Astounding numbers” said Senior Ron Paul. “I don’t believe I can recall a time in our history when an American President was this blatant on the subject of race.” He went on “I’m afraid he has stoked the flames and destroyed any chance of retaining the independent voter”. Senator Paul also added “the only voters left ini our party seem to be the far right racists.”

  • Sam Halsband Post author

    Rip

  • James Christianson Post author

    Guess he decided to join RBG.

  • Q Electron Post author

    S-QUAD WILL TAKE OVER. S-QUAD=4 SOCIALISM. 9+ month abortion. Open borders. Government Control.

  • She's my President Post author

    I hope he put up a good fight and didn;t just surrender to the MSNBCannibal attack

  • Dillinger R. Post author

    RIP

  • Adam T Post author

    Oh great. Trump gets ANOTHER SC PICK?! 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Maxine Hunter Post author

    Lived very long😇😴💤🌷

  • Monkey D. Luffy Post author

    How can someone oppose the death penalty and at the same time support abortion?
    I will never understand this.

  • Rod InTexas Post author

    Good Riddance to bad rubbish. Too bad he didn't die 50 years sooner.

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