by Kendall Mark
Justice John Paul Stevens had been serving on the Supreme Court for 34 year when he announced his retirement Friday, the New York Times said.
The Times says Justice Stevens was the last justice to be appointed when politically idealogies played second to great legal abilities. He was nominated by former President Ford in 1975.
Stevens was appointed as a Republican but gradually became the court's leader of the liberal wing over his years on the bench, the LA Times said.
He will step down at the end of June or beginning of July, saying he wanted to retire before the commencement of the next term so as to have the next appointment confirmed before that time, the LA Times said.
The New York Times said, at 89, he was just a year shy of Justice Holme's record as oldest justice.