If John Paul Stevens is anything to the Supreme Court, he is a fixture. Since 1975, Stevens has opined about the most difficult legal questions our country has faced. And even if you do not agree with him, you have to admit that he has been a gentleman through it all.
Justice Stevens is the most liberal on the Court–I do not think many would quibble with that. And at 90 years old next month, and with other signs of a looming retirement, many Court-watchers think that a new appointment will be coming soon. In a recent article, Jeffrey Toobin analyzes what the Court will be like after the liberal lion is gone.
Toobin’s article is enlightening as he chronicles how Stevens’ own thought developed over time. Considering himself a Republican, Stevens began his tenure on the Court with a much more conservative outlook than his more recent opinions would suggest.
Although Stevens says in the interview, “I still have my options open,” his hiring this year (one clerk instead of four) seems to indicate a change is upon us. As to who his replacement will be, only time will tell.