Justice Stevens

On This Date in History: Property Rights Won Big in the Supreme Court

June 29, 1992 was a great day for property rights advocates. But what came later wasn’t so good.

On this date in 1992, the property rights movement achieved its greatest victory in the form of the Supreme Court’s Lucas ruling. The campaign to protect property rights seemed to have huge momentum.  But things didn’t work out that way. For property rights advocates, Lucas turned out to be a false dawn. Mr. Lucas owned …


Justice Stevens: Architect of Modern Environmental Law Doctrine

Justice Stevens was responsible for key environmental decisions. He emphasized that EPA and Congress, not the courts, were the key policymakers on environmental questions, as against conservatives judges who have tried to implement their own policy views instead.