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former US Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens has died at ninety nine years old he was one of the longest serving justices in history Stevens a spent thirty five years on the bench before his retirement in twenty ten judge Stephens is held in the highest esteem Republican president Gerald Ford appointed him in nineteen seventy five but Stephens would one day transform into the leader of the court's liberal wing in a statement from the court Chief Justice John Roberts said Stevens quote unrelenting commitment to justice left us a better nation , it's a great honor to learn that the president intends to submit my name to the Senate Stevens initially built up a reputation as a non partisan maverick but in his time on the court his views of all not least on the death penalty which she first supported eventually in two thousand eight he would announce he believed it was unconstitutional Stevens led the liberal side of the court as it swung to the right in the nineteen nineties he supported abortion and gay rights and gun control and he was outspoken in retirement two after he left the court he published proposals to change the US constitution to tighten gun control and limit money in politics the latest time he made headlines was last fall he intervened in the confirmation fight over nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stephen said Cavanaugh should not be confirmed by the Senate because of partisan remarks Cavanaugh made his hearing