Justice John Paul Stevens Bids Supreme Court Farewell

ABC News' Ariane de Vogue reports:

On his last day sitting on the Supreme Court bench, Justice John Paul Stevens read a letter to his colleagues: "Collegiality and independence characterize our common endeavor," he said. "It has been an honor and a privilege to share custodial responsibility for a great institution with eight of you and with ten of your predecessors.…If I have overstayed my welcome, it is because this is such a unique and wonderful job. “

Chief Justice John Roberts ended today’s session reading from a letter praising Stevens: "For the past thirty-four years, this Court has drawn strength from your presence. …Your decision to retire saddens each of us in distinct ways. We will miss your wisdom, your perceptive insights and vast life experience, your unaffected decency and your resolute commitment to justice."

Justice Stevens, 90, served on the Court for nearly 35 years.

-- Ariane de Vogue

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