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William J. Brennan
April 25, 1906 - July 27, 1997
Nationality: American
Category: Judge
Subcategory: American Judge

Law cannot stand aside from the social changes around it.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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