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The chutzpah of Justice Stevens

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens complains about "a disappointing departure from the ideal that the court, notwithstanding changes in membership, upholds its prior decisions" in Booth v. Maryland. This is remarkable chutzpah, given the number of 5-4 decisions Stevens joined that reversed prior decisions after changes in court composition, such as Roper v. Simmons and Lawrence v. Texas.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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