Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart
Potter Stewart
  • Born: January 23, 1915
  • Died: December 7, 1985
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge

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Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. Freedom & Liberty ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [hard-core pornography]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it Freedom & Liberty
In a Constitution for a free people, there can be no doubt that the meaning of ‘liberty’ must be broad indeed. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
Several decisions of this Court make clear that freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. . . . That right necessarily includes the right of a woman to decide whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
So far as the Constitution goes .. the press is free to do battle against secrecy and deception in government. But the press cannot expect from the Constitution that they will succeed…. The Constitution itself is neither a Freedom of Information Act or an Official Secrets Act. Secrecy & Transparency
Swift justice demands more than just swiftness. Justice & Injustice
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. History ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Constitution nowhere mentions a specific right of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life, but the ‘liberty’ protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment covers more than those freedoms explicitly named in the Bill of Rights Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
The death penalty is as random as being struck by lightning. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic …. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
We recognized ‘the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.’ That right necessarily includes the right of a woman to decide whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
A person's mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not give rise to probable cause to search that person.
Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life. Life ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. Society
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Fairness is what justice really is. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material but I know it when I see it.
In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right to property.
It must always be remembered that what the Constitution forbids is not all searches and seizures, but unreasonable searches and seizures.
The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights.
To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement

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