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June 14, 2013



Stevens was long considered the leading pragmatist on the Court after Ford appointed him. Now, it's mainly Breyer. Neither of them was ever very liberal - they just seemed that way compared to all the Justices who've since been appointed by presidents more solidly conservative than a Nixon or a Ford.

I'm not surprised Stevens agrees with Breyer on the DNA swab thing. It's a very practical policy, and you have to be pretty strong on individual liberty, on principle, to dissent.

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