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Retired Justice John Paul Stevens weighs in on Supreme Court

By Sommer Brokaw
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens weighs in on Supreme Court
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens released his autobiography Tuesday, called "The Making of a Justice." File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

May 14 (UPI) -- While talking about his new autobiography Tuesday, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke about the justices now sitting on the high court and proposals to add more.

Stevens' book, The Making of a Justice, was released Tuesday. It details his 35 years on the Supreme Court. During an interview with CNN, Stevens spoke on the appointments of President Donald Trump -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

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"I hope he won't do too much damage," he said.

Stevens retired from the Supreme Court in 2010. He was appointed in 1975 by former President Gerald Ford.

In his interview Tuesday, he said he'd previously been skeptical about Kavanaugh's appointment, saying there's "merit" to claims he showed "potential bias" during his confirmation hearing. Stevens also questioned a proposal from some Democrats to expand the size of the high court.

"I don't think they should do that," he said. "I think in time the court will straighten itself out. It may take longer, but I don't think the answer is increasing the number of justices."

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At 99, Stevens is the oldest-living former justice and the third-longest serving member of the court.

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