death penalty: During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for the freedom and dignity of individuals, be they students or immigrants or prisoners, according to CTV. He acted to limit the death penalty, squelch official prayer in schools, establish gay rights, promote racial equality and preserve legal abortion. He was 99. He protected the rights of crime suspects and illegal immigrants facing deportation. Stevens served more than twice the average tenure for a justice, and was only the second to mark his 90th birthday on the high court. He influenced fellow justices to give foreign terrorism suspects held for years at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base the right to plead for their release in U.S. courts. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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