We drove back with the death warrant. Justice Marshall was waiting for us when we got there. He signed the stay, and the court dissolved it in the morning. Spenkelink was executed.
Years later, I talked about that night with Justice Stevens. He had lost faith in the fairness of the death penalty, because no one paid the kind of attention that he had, and Justice Stewart had, and Justice Marshall had, that night long ago. When I asked him why he had changed, he told me that on this, as on so many questions, he had not changed at all. The court had.
— SUSAN ESTRICH, lawyer in Los Angeles and clerk from 1978 to 1979
Would someone please clarify the meaning or implication? A literal interpretation is wrong, because Justice Stevens says that 'he had not changed at all' but Ms Estrich said that he had lost faith, which means that Justice Stevens did change? Is there a contradiction here?