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  •  Thanks for the diary and information (4+ / 0-)

    I'm a big admirer of Justice Stevens and I'm glad to hear that he is remaining active in his mid-90s.

    One minor correction.  Justice Stevens is actually the third longest serving justice (he was the second oldest at retirement).  He served three days less than the second longest server, 19th century justice Stephen Field.  The difference between the two men's attitude toward their place in the record books is striking.  Field remained in office beyond the point when he was capable of serving in order to pass John Marshall and become (at that time) the longest serving justice.

    Stevens could have easily set his retirement for a day when he would have passed Field's tenure without having a substantial effect on anything (the court was not in session during that period and a search was already underway for his replacement) but he obviously couldn't care less about this particular record.  A classy individual.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 08:08:02 AM PST

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