Politics & Government

April 9, 2010 11:10 AM

With Stevens' departure, a judicial era passes

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens concludes several generations as well as a singular judicial career. Stevens is the last World War II veteran who'll ever serve on the Supreme Court or, presumably, in high-level office anywhere. The unanimous Senate approval he won in 1975 may never be repeated in the hyper-partisan 21st century. His un-televised confirmation hearing was the last of its kind.

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