When Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens departs at the end of the current term, he will be remembered as a one-time centrist maverick who became a powerful leader of the Court's liberal wing. His retirement sets up the likelihood of a contentious confirmation battle, almost no matter whom President Barack Obama nominates to replace him. And although a new Obama-appointed justice may vote the same way Stevens would in most cases, the stakes are high because of Stevens' role as a crucial strategist within the Court.
Stevens' Departure Leaves Big Shoes to Fill at High Court
The National Law Journal
April 12, 2010