Given the Nature and Tone of Recent Events What is Your Off-the-Cuff Opinion of This Retired Supreme Court Justice, Now 97 Years Old?
|John Paul Stevens (ne 1920)|
Please bear in mind that Justice Stevens, a native of Chicago, Illinois, a World War Two naval veteran, and highly distinguished legal scholar who graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University Law School with the highest grade point average in the university's history was appointed to the Seventh Curcuit Court of Appeals by Richard Nixon, and later to the Supreme Court by Gerald Ford.
In a 2005 speech, Justice Stevens stressed the importance of "learning on the job." For example, during his tenure on the Supreme Court, Stevens changed his views on Affirmative Action (initially opposed), as well as on other issues. President Ford praised Stevens in 2005: "He is serving his nation well, with dignity, intellect and without partisan political concerns."
When He Was Appointed to the Supreme Court, Stevens Was a Registered Republican.
Asked as a sitting Justice in September 2007 if he still considered himself a Republican, Stevens replied:
"That's the kind of issue I shouldn't comment on, either in private or in public."
Abner Mikva, close friend of Stevens, said that as a judge, Stevens refused to discuss politics. "“He was more particular about it than a lot of them.”