Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Reveals The Health Scare That Caused Him To Step Down

In an interview published in The New York Times on Monday, former Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, revealed that a “mini-stroke” was the reason he retired from the bench in 2010, after serving nearly 35 years on the high court.

Now 98-years-old, the third-longest-serving Supreme Court justice in history is releasing a memoir. In the forthcoming book, The Making of a Justice, Stevens wrote that the health scare occurred on the same day he delivered his dissent on the Citizens United decision.

Concerned that he stumbled over his words during the speech, he went to get checked out by a doctor later that day and was informed he had a “mini” medical emergency.

He told the Times:

“That was it. I made the decision that day. After I went to see the doctor, I sent a letter to the president right away.”

Also in the interview, the Navy veteran who tended toward the liberal side listed what he believed to be the court’s most significant “errors” during the time he served—all of which, he was quick to point out, he dissented against.

According to HuffPost, among them was the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling (which protects people’s rights to firearms), the Citizens United decision in 2010 (which paved the way for wealthy individuals and corporations to have greater political influence), and the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision (which sealed the deal for Bush in the presidential election).

Commenters on Twitter were quick to point out the irony of the mini-stroke occurring on the same day of Stevens’ dissent on the Citizens United decision. Coincidence or not?

As usual, there were a few people who simply, and hilariously, didn’t read the headline/article carefully enough:

Some commented on the three aforementioned decisions Stevens dissented against or other points from Stevens’ Times interview such as term limits:

Stevens’ memoir is slated to be released in May 2019.

H/T: HuffPost, Twitter, Getty Images