Bowties Bid Stevens Adieu on Last Day

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2010 1:17 PM CDT
Bowties Bid Stevens Adieu on Last Day
In this May 3, 2010 file photo, retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.   (AP Photo/David Banks, File)

(Newser) – Bowtie-wearing lawyers and spectators dotted the Supreme Court chamber on the last day Justice John Paul Stevens sat on the bench, a nod to the retiring justice and his signature neckwear. The 90-year-old Stevens told colleagues in a letter he read from the bench that if he had "overstayed" his welcome, it was because being a justice is "such a unique and wonderful job."

Stevens' retirement after 34 years ties him as the second-longest-serving justice. The only justice who served longer is Justice William O. Douglas, who served for 36 years and whom Stevens replaced in 1975. (Read more John Paul Stevens stories.)

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