06/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Justice John Paul Stevens' 10 Most Important Supreme Court Decisions

Over the course of his 34-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced on Friday that he will retire this summer, has opined on a broad array of contentious issues -- from gun control to the death penalty to flag-burning.

Recently, he played a central role on the bench, authoring landmark majority opinions on President Bush's detention policies and firm dissenting opinions on issues such as campaign finance.

While this is a moment to speculate about who President Obama might nominate to succeed Justice Stevens on the High Court, it's also a time to reflect on the 89-year-old jurist's legacy. We've compiled a list of what may be Stevens' 10 most important decisions:

Top 10 Decisions Of John Paul Stevens' 34-Years On The Supreme Court