Justice John Paul Stevens on the Past and the Future

John Paul Stevens Looks Back on Nearly a Century of Life and Law, but Worries About the Future: (“John Paul Stevens spent more than a third of his near-century on Earth at the Supreme Court, where he often was on a different page from a majority of his fellow justices. * * * ‘It happens so often that you have to get used to losing,’ Stevens, 99, said during an interview this last week at his condominium here, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. My batting average was probably pretty low.’ * * * But one particular loss lingers and, Stevens says, brings grim reminders almost weekly: the court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which found the Second Amendment protects a right to individual gun ownership unrelated to possible military service. * * * ‘Unquestionably the most clearly incorrect decision that the Court announced during my tenure on the bench, Stevens writes in his new memoir,‘The Making of a Justice.’“)

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