Justice John Paul Stevens

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002037" title="John Paul Stevens" href="/topic/politics/john-paul-stevens-PECLB002037.topic">Associate Justice John Paul Stevens</a>, center, smiles as he chats with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, right, just before the start of a memorial for the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, at the Supreme Court in Washington. Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, says he is retiring. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">President Barack Obama</a> now has his second high court opening to fill. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT0000017559" title="Ruth Bader Ginsburg" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/justice-system/ruth-bader-ginsburg-PEPLT0000017559.topic">Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg</a> is at left.

( J. Scott Applewhite, AP / June 15, 2006 )

Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, center, smiles as he chats with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, right, just before the start of a memorial for the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, at the Supreme Court in Washington. Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, says he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at left.

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