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The most polite justice

Stevens genteel style belies tough, sharp questioning, attorneys say

WASHINGTON - When attorneys step up to the podium to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, they never know what to expect from the justices, who often interrupt and interject in such a way as to make it hard for counsel to get a word in edgewise. But when Justice John Paul Stevens leans forward to speak, counsel can always expect a different approach.