504 Total Quotes

American Judge Quotes

Respondent's expectation that his garden was protected from observation is unreasonable and is not an expectation that society is prepared to honor.
Warren Burger
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To exclude all jurors who would be in the slightest way affected by the prospect of the death penalty would be to deprive the defendant of the impartial jury to which he or she is entitled under the law.
Byron White
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It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.
Sandra O'Conner
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In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
Earl Warren
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The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Louis Brandeis
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The layman's constitutional view is that what he likes is constitutional and that which he doesn't like is unconstitutional.
Hugo Black
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By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech.
Harry Blackmun
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Judging is a lonely job in which a man is, as near as may be, an island entire.
Abe Fortas
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Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an essential instrument of responsible journalism.
Abe Fortas
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The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.
Earl Warren
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The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution.
Byron White
#American Judge

The risk of racial prejudice infecting a capital sentencing proceeding is especially serious in light of the complete finality of the death sentence.
Byron White
#American Judge

The law is constantly based on notions of morality, and if all laws representing essentially moral choices are to be invalidated under the due process clause, the courts will be very busy indeed.
Byron White
#American Judge

Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.
Louis Brandeis
#American Judge

It must always be remembered that what the Constitution forbids is not all searches and seizures, but unreasonable searches and seizures.
Potter Stewart
#American Judge

I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage.
Felix Frankfurter
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Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
William Brennan
#American Judge

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.
Thurgood Marshall
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Who is to say that 5 men 10 years ago were right whereas 5 men looking the other direction today are wrong.
Harry Blackmun
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Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times.
Warren Burger
#American Judge

Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness embodied in the due process clause.
William Brennan
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No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.
John Jay
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I'm a great believer in the competitive system, and think that competition will bring us greater innovation and put American industry in information ahead of everyone also.
Harold Greene
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The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution's protection of privacy.
Harry Blackmun
#American Judge

America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.
Louis Brandeis
#American Judge

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo Black
#American Judge

In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War, the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the Founders hoped and trusted they would do.
Hugo Black
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Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.
Learned Hand
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Appellant constituted a legitimate class of one, and this provides a basis for Congress's decision to proceed with dispatch with respect to his materials.
William Brennan
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Crime and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life.
Warren Burger
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