A "mini-coup" prompted Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to step down from the bench in 2010, he revealed in an interview published in The New York Times on Monday.
In your next memory. The making of a justice, scheduled to be released in May 2019, Stevens wrote that he decided to withdraw from the high court the day he issued his disagreement over Citizens United's decision.
After stumbling over his words, he discovered later that day that he had suffered a "mini" medical emergency.
"That was it," Stevens, 98, told the Times. "I made the decision that day, and after I went to see the doctor, I sent a letter to the president immediately."
Stevens holds the record for third Supreme Court judge in history, having been in the bank for almost 35 years before retiring in June 2010.
In his interview with the Times, the liberal-leaning Navy veteran spoke about what he considers the most important "mistakes" of the court during his tenure, all the decisions he had disagreed with.
The first error he listed was the 2008 District of Columbia ruling c. Heller, which protects the right of an individual to possess firearms. The second, he said, was Citizens United's decision in 2010, which allows a relatively small group of wealthy individuals and corporations to have a large influence on politics.
Finally, Stevens condemned the decision Bush v. Gore of 2000 that sealed the victory of Bush in the presidential elections.
"It was really a disgrace," Stevens told the Times about the decision.
Go to The New York Times to read the full interview.