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John Paul Stevens

“Diversity on school faculties and in school classes of students provide future educational and social benefits, but giving preferences to construction companies based on the race of their owners is not likely to produce better highways.”

Justice John Paul Stevens, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, served on the US Supreme Court for nearly thirty-five years. He heard cases on such critical issues as the constitutionality of the death penalty, affirmative action, the detention of alleged terrorists at Guantanamo, and the possession of handguns.