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August 06, 2009


Justice Stevens Watcher

Justice Stevens has certainly been vocal for some time about this issue. In 1999 Justice Stevens gave a speech in which he
noted that he skipped the previous four such ceremonies. He also lamented his colleagues decision to attend those ceremonies. (He claimed it "blurs the critical distinction" between the two branches and sacrifices the independence of the judiciary. In his opinion no oath should be taken at the White House.)

But, it is worth noting that Justice Stevens broke his own rule by not only attending but CONDUCTING Chief Justice Roberts' 2005 White House swearing in. So, he's been inconsistent, at best.

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