Criticizing Justice Stevens
John Paul Stevens has a new book out detailing six constitutional amendments that he would like to see ratified. Put another way, it’s about six constitutional cases that he lost. The book is not getting a good reception from some quarters, but I think the criticism is overdone. He’s 94 years old–cut the guy some slack.
Besides, the real reason to doubt Justice Stevens’ powers of analysis is that he thinks Shakespeare did not write Shakespeare’s plays. Lots of people have made this claim over the past four hundred years, but a lot of that rested on class snobbery (“How could a nobody like Shakespeare have written them? It must have been the Earl of So-and-So.”) In our egalitarian age, though, this argument has no place. Recant Justice Stevens! While you still can.