The late Justice John Paul Stevens honored at the Supreme Court
Justice John Paul Stevens’ colleagues honored their late colleague Monday after his casket arrived at the Supreme Court to lie in repose, giving members of the public an opportunity to pay their respects.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who filled his seat on the bench when he retired in 2010, delivered remarks, saying as his successor she viewed him as a hero.
“There was nobody who stuck more firmly to his own convictions and in doing so over the years he built up a body of work ... that demonstrates an extraordinary judicial wisdom, unsurpassed by any modern justice,” she said.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Justice Sonia Sotomayor were in attendance, as was Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who retired last year from the court. According to The Associated Press, other justices were unable to attend due to prior commitments.
U.S. Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers, with Stevens’ former law clerks acting as honorary pallbearers. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Stevens died last week in Florida after suffering a stroke. He was 99 years old.
He served on the Supreme Court for about 35 years. As a Republican appointee, Stevens is known for joining the liberal wing of the court in his later years, especially on abortion issues and LGBT rights.