Sunday, April 20, 2014

Justice John Paul Stevens: Not So Retiring in Retirement, with A New Book

Former Supreme Court John Paul Stevens celebrated his 94th birthday on Sunday, April 20, in a rather unique way, appearing on ABC's This Week with an interview by George Stephanopoulos. And it was not exactly a soft ball interview, inspired in part by the Justice's bold new book Six Amendments:  How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.   To whet your appetite, here is a bit from the prologue:

"In the following pages I propose six amendments to the Constitution; the first four would nullify judge-made rules, the fifth would expedite the demise of the death penalty, and the sixth would confine the coverage of the Second Amendment to the area intended by its authors. The importance of reexamining some of these rules is already the subject of widespread public debate, but others have not received either the attention or the criticism that is warranted."

Here's a link to excerpts from the interview on ABC, and here's a link to additional excerpts offered by ABC from the book.   Happy Birthday, Mr. Justice!

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