Wednesday, April 23, 2014

U.S. CONSTITUTION - Six Suggested Amendments by Retired Supreme Court Justice

"How retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens would amend the constitution" PBS NewsHour 4/21/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  .....A former Supreme Court justice takes on the U.S. Constitution and the court he stepped away from.

John Paul Stevens was known in his 35 years in office for views that evolved from the time he was appointed by Republican President Gerald Ford to one of the court’s most outspoken liberal voices.

Today, four years after retiring, the 94-year-old continues to make waves with an ambitious new book.  It’s titled “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.”

I talked to him last week in his chambers at the Supreme Court.

Justice John Paul Stevens, thank you for talking with us.

FMR. JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS, U.S. Supreme Court:  Well, I’m happy to be here.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  You’re asking to amend the Constitution six different ways.  How practical is that?

FMR. JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS:  Well, it certainly would take time to do that job completely, but there’s no reason why — one or two amount amendments might be adopted before the others.

And I think the issues in each of the ones I discussed are sufficiently important that it’s worth spending time debating them and thinking about it.

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