Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at Age 99

John Paul Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for nearly 35 years, has died.

Stevens graduated from the Northwestern Law School in 1947.

In 1975, President Gerald Ford nominated him to the Supreme Court.

He became the high court’s leading liberal.

Stevens’ influence was felt on issues including abortion rights, protecting consumers and placing limits on the death penalty.

He also led the high court’s decision to allow terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay to plead for their freedom in U.S. courts.

Stevens retired at the age of 90, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to nominate Justice Elena Kagan.

He died Tuesday evening in Florida after suffering from a stroke on Monday.

He was 99 years old.