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March 15, 2010

Justice Stevens, Babe Ruth, & Pearl Harbor

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The March 22, 2010, edition of The New Yorker features a profile of Justice Stevens written by Jeffrey Toobin.  Toobin characterizes Stevens’s view of the Constitution as holistic, gradualist, inclusive, and broadly sourced most often realized in important cases as dissenting opinions.  There are interesting tidbits about Justice Stevens’ life including attending Game Three of the 1932 World Series where Babe Ruth hit a home run to the spot he pointed.  Stevens served in the Navy as a cryptologist and was stationed at Pearl Harbor.  He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Gerald R. Ford, a Republican, in 1975.  He plans to retire in the next three years, which will give President Obama, a Democrat, the privilege of nominating his replacement. A new biography by Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman entitled ‘John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life’ will be published in May.

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