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Potter Stewart
January 23, 1915 - December 7, 1985
Nationality: American
Category: Judge
Subcategory: American Judge

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.


The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights.


A person's mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not give rise to probable cause to search that person.


In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right to property.


Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.


Swift justice demands more than just swiftness.


Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life.


I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material but I know it when I see it.


To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him.


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


The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion.


Fairness is what justice really is.


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