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John Paul Stevens, William J. Brennan and the Death Penalty

Seth Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Stern

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens has made headlines by explaining how he went from supporting capital punishment to concluding it is unconstitutional. William J. Brennan Jr. might have felt vindicated.

The Supreme Court's Champion of Women's Rights Who Refused to Hire Women

Seth Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Stern

It wasn't so long ago that the presence of women at the Court made some of the Brethren very uncomfortable. One justice who proved particularly resistant also happened to be writing many of the Court's most important gender equality decisions at the time.