Stevens: Second thoughts likely in Citizens United

May 31, 2012 - 11:26 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he expects 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 2010 decision, made the comments Wednesday evening during a speech in Little Rock.

In the case, the divided 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 court to issue an opinion creating an exception that cracks the foundation of that ruling.

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