Richard A. Posner

(Richard Allen Posner)

Richard A. Posner
Richard A. Posner
  • Born: January 11, 1939
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[Voter ID laws] are now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention. Voters, Voting & Elections
Formalist judges needlessly complexity the law in part to avoid the struggle to understand the complex real-world environment that generates much of the business of the modern court. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Had the investigation been left to the government, the current administration would have concealed its own mistakes and blamed its predecessors, That is not a criticism of the Bush White House. Any administration would do the same. Management & Managing Government
If torture is the only means of obtaining the information necessary to prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Times Square, torture should be used—and will be used—to obtain the information. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Judgeships normally are rewards for political service … politics does play a large role in federal judicial selection …. Few judges in our history are thought to have performed with great distinction. Patronage & Pork Barrel
Police officers and firefighters simply have no right to recuse themselves from having to protect persons of whose activities they disapprove for religious (or any other) reasons Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The future of the nation depends in no small part on the efficiency of industry, and the efficiency of industry depends in no small part on the protection of intellectual property. Copyrights, Patents & Intellectual Property
The perception of the Supreme Court as a political court in most constitutional cases and many nonconstitutional ones derives from the fact that the justices form confident views without any empirical basis for them. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The way a problem is described is bound to influence the choice of how to solve it. Terrorism
We are all victims of data mining…. We are in a data mining culture…. Americans do not place a high value on the privacy of their communications and will give up that right for modest benefit. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning