nearvideo retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passes away at 99
Shannon Bream takes a look back at judge Stevens’ life and legacy.
In memory of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, died Tuesday night at 99, President of the Trump ordered the American flag at half mast flag at the White house and other government facilities.
Trump, who issued the order, in a proclamation on Wednesday afternoon.
JOHN PAUL STEVENS REMEMBERED AS ‘JUDGE OF THE JUDGES’ ORIGINAL APPROACH TO LAW
“As a sign of respect for the memory and longstanding service of John Paul Stevens, retired associate justice of the Supreme court of the United States, I hereby order transfer by the authority, the trump explains in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States flag at half-mast at the White house, all public buildings and grounds,”.
The order also applies to the military posts, naval vessels, consulates and other state facilities.
Stevens died as a result of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15, according to the Supreme Court. He was on the high court for nearly 35 years after his appointment by President Gerald Ford.
Stevens’ influence was felt on such issues as abortion, consumer protection, and the placement of boundaries for the death penalty. He led to allow the high court decision, terrorist suspects held in Guantanamo Bay to ask for their freedom in the courts in the United States.
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As a federal appeals court judge in Chicago, Stevens was considered a moderate, the Republican President Gerald Ford nominated him. On the Supreme court, he was known as an independent thinker and a voice for ordinary people against powerful interests.
He retired in June 2010 at the age of 90 years, the second-oldest justice in court history. Stevens served more than double the average tenure for a justice.
Fox News, Gregg Re, Bill Mears, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.