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The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to 'create' rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. ---->>>

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents. ---->>>

Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest. ---->>>

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.

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.

Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness embodied in the due process clause. ---->>>

The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end. ---->>>

If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion. ---->>>

No longer is the female destined solely for the home and the rearing of the family and only the male for the marketplace and the world of ideas. ---->>>

Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics. ---->>>

The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes invalidates the punishment. ---->>>

Law cannot stand aside from the social changes around it. ---->>>

Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. ---->>>

We look to the history of the time of framing and to the intervening history of interpretation. But the ultimate question must be, what do the words of the text mean in our time. ---->>>

We current justices read the Constitution in the only way that we can: as 20th-century Americans. ---->>>

Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

William J. Brennan, Jr. profile (william-j-brennan-jr.jpg)
Nationality: American
Born: 04-25, 1906
Birthplace:
Die: 07-24, 1997
Occupation: Judge
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William Joseph Brennan Jr. (April 25, 1906 – July 24, 1997) was an American judge who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990. As the seventh longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history, he was known for being a leader of the Court's liberal wing. He was known for his outspoken progressive views, including opposition to the death penalty and support for abortion rights (wikipedia)