1920 Chicago, Illinois University of Chicago 1941 Graduated Phi Beta Kappa 1942 Married Elizabeth Sheeren Northwestern Law School Editor-in-chief of school’s law review Navy–WWII Bronze Star
Experience Law clerk for Justice William Rutledge Associate Council for a Congressional Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power Second Vice President to Chicago Bar Association 1970-1975 US Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit 1975: Appointed by President Ford as Associate Justice on Supreme Court 98-0
“ It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written.” “ The practice of executing such offenders is a relic of the past and is inconsistent with evolving standards of decency in a civilized society.” “ Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom of mind, so also the individual’s freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority.” Quotes
David Hackett Souter Stella and Rémy
Born Sunday September 17, 1939 Melrose, MA In high school: “Most Sophisticated” “ Most Likely to Succeed” Graduated Magna Cum Laude from HARVARD!!! Rhodes Scholar at Oxford Studied law at Harvard From Cradle to…Law School? Currently 68 years old…In his prime, baby!
Orr & Reno law firm in Concord - specialized in corporate law
Trustee for New Hampshire Historical Society
Assistant Attorney General - 1968
Eventually became Attorney General for New Hampshire
Appointed to New Hampshire Supreme Court in 1983
Appointed by George Bush Sr. to U.S. Court of Appeals - 1990
THE SUPREME COURT!
Appointed by President George HW Bush in 1990
He was 51
90-9 - no one knew anything about him
Labeled as “stealth justice”
Unknown judge with uncertain values
White House thought he would be a conservative “home run,” liberals thought he would switch sides
To this day, has claimed no allegiance
Has remained key in preventing conservative dominance
Votes along same lines as O’Connor
Best friend on the court is Scalia
A bit of an odd bird…
Bachelor…and loving it
Often described as quirky and eccentric
Enjoys rock climbing in the judicial off season
Brings the same lunch every day
Apples and yogurt
Quotes “ The court’s interpretive task is to determine the meaning of constitutional language as it was understood when the framers proposed it.” “ The usual thinking of the common law is suspicious of the all-or-nothing analysis that tends to produce legal petrification instead of an evolving boundary between the domains of old principles. Common-law method tends to pay respect instead to detail, seeking to understand old principles afresh by new examples and new counterexamples. The ‘tradition is a living thing,’ albeit one that moves by moderate steps carefully taken.”
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Justice Stevens 2. Photograph. Truthdig . 30 June 2006. 30 April 2008. <http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20060630_truthdigger_week_john_paul_stevens/>.
Justice Stevens 3. Photograph. 30 April 2008. <http://www.betcha.com/
“ The Justices of the Supreme Court.” 30 April 2008. <http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/biographiescurrent.pdf>.
Mears, Bill. “Justices: Does Lethal Injection Hurt?”. CNN . 26 April 2006. 30 April 2008. <http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/04/26/scotus.injection/index.html>.
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