Justice John Paul Stevens has announced he will retire at the end of the session this summer. Justice Stevens is the oldest of the justices and will be 90 active years old on April 20th, according to the NY Times, he still plays tennis. He was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975. He has served through the terms of 7 presidents.
Justice Stevens is seen as one of the liberals on the Supreme Court. He would classify himself as a conservative.
He sent his letter of resignation to President Obama today. His retirement does not come as a surprise. It was hinted at in the NY Times several weeks go because he only hired one new law clerk. Most justices have 4.
Justice Stevens seems like an institution on our Supreme Court.