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Oral history interview with John Paul Stevens, 2012.

Creator: Stevens, John Paul, 1920-2019
Project: Rule of law oral history project
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Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Associate Justice, Uniten States Supreme Court, Retired.

Scope and Contents

Born: April 20, 1920, Chicago, IL. Education: A.B., University of Chicago; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law. Career: naval intelligence, U.S. Navy; clerk to Hon. Wiley Rutledge, U.S. Supreme Court; private practice; Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court. Reminiscences: law school at Northwestern University; meeting Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh; influences of Nathaniel Nathanson and Leon Green; work with Justice Rutledge on Ahrens v. Clark (1948); memories of Justice Thurgood Marshall and Justice Kennedy White. Discussions: dissent in Printz v. United States, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission; speech at University of Arkansas concerning Citizens United; positions on capital punishment, affirmative action, shutting down Guantanamo Bay; 2012 election and use of advertising; the Taking Clause in the Fifth Amendment; use of television in court room; diversity on the Supreme Court. Cases discussed: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Boumediene v. Bush, Printz v. United States, Baze v. Rees, Stolen Valor Act, Snyder v. Phelps, Gregg v. Georgia, Lockeyt v. Ohio, Fisher v. Texas, Kelov. City of New London, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.


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