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Here is a rare interview by John Paul Stephens http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/04/a-conversation-with-john-paul-stevens/237984/

Stephens proved to be, what Americans call, a liberal justice on the Supreme Court despite being appointed by a Republican. In truth, he is a moderate justice (certainly no Kirby). He is at most like a Sir Anthony Mason or a Justice McHugh. What happened was that the conservatives placed political conservatives on the bench rather than judicial conservatives.

His book should prove to be most enlightening given that background, and given that he was almost the longest serving Supreme Court justice ever. At one point, people thought he was going for a McTiernan (hanging on for dear life until either a Labor government comes in or until the Chief Justice refuses to build you a wheelchair ramp).

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