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Stevens: Exception needed to Citizens United case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he suspects the court has had second thoughts about parts of its controversial Citizens United ruling that eased restrictions on corporate spending in political campaigns.


Stevens, who dissented from that opinion in 2010, made the comments Wednesday evening during a speech in Little Rock.

In the case, the court ruled that independent spending by corporations does "not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption." Stevens says it'll be necessary for the high court to create exceptions.

Stevens served on the Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010. Nominated by President Gerald Ford, Stevens recently published a memoir.

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