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John Paul Stevens

Apr 29, 2014

Retired justice Stevens proposes six changes to U.S. Constitution

In his new book, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for no fewer than six changes to the Constitution, two of which are directly related to guns.

Jun 16, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court: Simple drug conviction not ‘aggravated felony’

Second or subsequent simple possession offenses are not aggravated felonies under the Immigration and Nationality Act when, as in this case, the state conviction is not based on the fact of a prior conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

May 10, 2010

Obama nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, declaring she would demonstrate the same independence, integrity and passion for the law exhibited by retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Apr 9, 2010

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he […]

Sep 3, 2009

Clerk hiring hints at retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens

Justice John Paul Stevens has hired only one law clerk so far for the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010-11 term, raising the possibility that the 89-year-old might retire next year. Stevens, like other justices, typically hires four law clerks for each term and usually has completed his hiring by this time of year. "It would be out of character for Stevens to hire more clerks when he knew he was going [...]

Mar 24, 2009

Enron official, fighting retrial, gets support at Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned whether prosecutors can retry a former Enron Corp. official on charges stemming from the accounting fraud that caused the energy-trading company’s 2001 collapse. F. Scott Yeager, a onetime business strategist for Enron’s broadband unit, contends that the U.S. Constitution’s ban on double jeopardy bars a second trial on insider trading [&hell[...]

Mar 19, 2009

Pre-emption ruling opens door to tort suits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that state law drug claims are not automatically pre-empted by federal law is expected to generate a flood of litigation. Because the decision takes away a common defense, a number of stayed cases can move forward, and many cases that were thrown out based on a pre-emption defense could […]

Mar 5, 2009

Drugmakers lose as top court allows suits

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that patients can sue drugmakers for failing to provide adequate safety warnings, upholding a $7 million award to a musician who lost her arm after being injected with Wyeth’s Phenergan nausea treatment. The justices, voting 6-3, said that pharmaceutical companies aren’t shielded from suit by the Food and Drug Administration’s […]

Mar 4, 2009

Massey case prompts High Court to weigh restrictions on judges

U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled they may use a case involving Massey Energy Co. Chairman Donald Blankenship to require that judges disqualify themselves from cases involving major campaign supporters. Hearing arguments Tuesday in Washington, the high court considered whether West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin should have recused himself in a Massey case because […]

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