Death of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Death of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart

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Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart dies in New Hampshire at the age of 70. A moderate on a Court evenly divided between conservatives and liberals, he was often a swing vote, sometimes voting with one group and sometimes voting with another.

He sometimes voted in support of civil liberties but other times voted against — his record on such matters is almost evenly split, just like the Court was.
Potter Stewart's nomination to the Supreme Court was opposed by some southern Senators because one of the few constitutional decisions he made while sitting on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals involved segregation; but this opposition failed to reach any critical mass, and in the end he was easily confirmed.


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