Retired Justice John Paul Stevens Speaks out on Death Penalty; Calls it Racist, Filled With Politics
Justice John Paul Stevens
By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has finally explained his opposition to the death penalty, “saying personnel changes on the court, coupled with ‘regrettable judicial activism,’had created a system of capital punishment that is shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria,” the New York Times reported.
The Times reported that Stevens wrote a very candid essay for the New York Review of Books to be published this week.
The Times said that Stevens, 90, appears intent on speaking on issues that were off limits while he served on the court.