Judge Stevens Decries Court's Corporate Turn
89-year-old gives impassioned opinion but sounds weary
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2010 7:40 AM CST
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens sits for a new group photograph, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Justice John Paul Stevens railed against the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of campaign finance reform, invoking the names of such revered justices as Sandra Day O’Connor, Thurgood Marshall, and Byron White. In giving the minority opinion yesterday, Stevens spoke for 20 minutes, twice as long as Anthony Kennedy did for the majority, and spoke with considerably "more passion—and more weariness," writes Joan Biskupic at USA Today.

“The court's blinkered and aphoristic approach to the First Amendment may well promote corporate power at the cost of the individual and collective self-expression,” Stevens wrote in his 90-page opinion. His halting speech also reinforced the idea that the 89-year-old would retire soon. Stevens won’t confirm that, but he hasn’t hired a full staff for next term. When asked about it recently, he replied, “That can’t be news. I’m not exactly a kid.”

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Jan 23, 2010 12:14 PM CST
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Jan 23, 2010 5:41 AM CST
Before the ban, 1% of the population didn't own 80% of the wealth. Some smart congressman 70 years ago saw it coming and put the bill out there.
Jan 23, 2010 5:39 AM CST
It was a good idea 200 years ago, when technology, economy, people's views, etc. didn't change at the absurd rate it does now. We need some kind of constitutional amendment to allow politics to keep up with the increasingly fast changing world.