Justice Stevens: In his own words

Jeffrey Toobin praises John Paul Stevens for his “dignified, clearheaded, and insistent eloquence.”

The Minnesota Supreme Court criminal law blog honors the man who gave us this:

The [per curiam opinion] by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election,┬áthe identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

Justice Stevens, dissenting, Bush v. Gore

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