Law: Surprise from the Swing Man

Stewart resigns, giving Reagan a first high court opening

A year and a half ago, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart received a letter from a high school student in St. Cloud, Minn. The Justice had done well", wrote the young woman, but why had he stayed in the job so long? "That", recalled Stewart, 66, last week, "sort of started me thinking. His thinking led him and his wife Mary Ann to conclude that this term, his 23rd, should be his last. Last week, a month after Stewart had quietly deliverd a letter of...

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