Anthony Kennedy

(Anthony McLeod Kennedy)

Anthony Kennedy
Anthony Kennedy
  • Born: July 23, 1936
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge

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[Citizens] have the political liberty to direct the governmental process to make decisions that might be wrong in the ideal sense, subject to correction in the ordinary political process. Government ;Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A husband has no enforceable right to require a wife to advise him before she exercises her personal choices. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
A State cannot … deem a class of persons a stranger to its laws. Discrimination & Prejudice
Although the practice of animal sacrifice may seem abhorrent to some, religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection. Religion & God ;Humor ;Animals
Americans have to have a link with their Constitution. They have to understand it in the context of their own time. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life…. people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail…. We conclude the line should be drawn at viability, so that, before that time, the woman has a right to choose to terminate her pregnancy…. there is no line other than viability which is more workable. To be sure, as we have said, there may be some medical developments that affect the precise point of viability, but this is an imprecision within tolerable limits.... A husband has no enforceable right to require a wife to advise him before she exercises her personal choices. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Bad people should be incarcerated. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Federal criminal prosecutions are a direct function of the number of U. S. Attorneys. The more prosecutors that are appointed, the more criminal prosecutions there will be. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I don’t see why a Supreme Court justice has to have previous experience as a judge.
I learned that in seventy percent of all the civil cases in the judiciary of the United State at least one of the parties is not represented by an attorney. I didn’t know that. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech Freedom & Liberty
Independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is not my call ... it is not for the judicial branch to decide. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
It is proper that we acknowledge the overwhelming weight of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
It is proper that we acknowledge the overwhelming weight of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
It is wrong to say that the Constitution will change with the times. It will be, illuminated by the times. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Law lives in the consciousness of the people. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of doubt. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Magna Carta decreed that no man would be imprisoned contrary to the law of the land …. Important as the principle was, the Barons of Rynnymede described no specific legal process to enforce it… Gradually the writ of habeas became the means by which the promise of Magna Carta was fulfilled. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Moslems are not just a bunch of nuts and whackos .... these are people with whom we are simply out of touch. Minorities & Women
One can conclude that certain essential, or fundamental, rights should exist in any just society. It does not follow that each of those essential rights is one that we as judges can enforce under the written Constitution. The Due Process Clause is not a guarantee of every right that should inhere in an ideal system. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Human & Civil Rights
Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code. Freedom & Liberty
Our system presumes that there are certain principles that are more important than the temper of the times. And you must have a judge who is detached, who is independent, who is fair, who is committed only to those principles, and not public pressures of other sort. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Political speech is indispensable to decision-making in a democracy, and this is no less true because the speech comes from a corporation. By taking the right to speak from some and giving it to others, the Government deprives the disadvantaged person or class of the right to use speech to strive to establish worth, standing, and respect for the speaker’s voice. The Government may not by these means deprive the public of the right and privilege to determine for itself what speech and speakers are worthy of consideration. The First Amendment protects speech and speaker, and the ideas that flow from each. Freedom & Liberty
Separation of powers was designed to affix responsibility, not to evade it. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Speech is an essential mechanism of democracy, for it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people. [...] The right of citizens to inquire, to hear, to speak, and to use information to reach consensus is a precondition to enlightened self-government and a necessary means to protect it. [...] By taking the right to speak from some and giving it to others, the Government deprives the disadvantaged person or class of the right to use speech to strive to establish worth, standing, and respect for the speaker’s voice. The Government may not by these means deprive the public of the right and privilege to determine for itself what speech and speakers are worthy of consideration. The First Amendment protects speech and speaker, and the ideas that flow from each. Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is beside the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is beside the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. Freedom & Liberty ;Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The law has to be, in part, a teacher. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The law is always in transition. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought. Freedom & Liberty
The task of redistricting is best left to state legislatures, elected by the people and as capable as the courts, if not more so, in balancing the myriad factors and traditions in legitimate districting policies. The task of redistricting is best left to state legislatures, elected by the people and as capable as the courts, if not more so, in balancing the myriad factors and traditions in legitimate districting policies. Voters, Voting & Elections
The United States now stands alone in a world that has turned its face against the juvenile death penalty. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
There are very few countries in the world where we have a jury system as we all know. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
This Court now concludes that independent [political] expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption. Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are not the masters of our own destiny as far as our case load is concerned. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
What becomes of the precious right to vote? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Voters, Voting & Elections ;Human & Civil Rights
When a juvenile offender commits a heinous crime, the State can exact forfeiture of some of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish his life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
When Government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought. This is unlawful. Power
When Government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought. This is unlawful. The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves. Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Young people today know little of our history—of freedom and democracy. You cannot support and defend what you do not understand. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Asking questions is an essential part of police investigation. In the ordinary sense a police officer is free to ask a person for identification without implicating the Fourth Amendment.
Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.
I do not think that we should select judges based on a particular philosophy as opposed to temperament, commitment to judicial neutrality and commitment to other more constant values as to which there is general consensus.
In the political context fair means somebody that will vote for the unions or for the business. It can't mean that in the judicial context or we're in real trouble. Business, Commerce & Finance
No one questions the validity, the urgency, the essentiality of the Voting Rights Act.
Sometimes it is easy... to enhance your prestige by not exercising your responsibility, but that's not been the tradition of the court.
The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation. The work of freedom is never done. Freedom & Liberty ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth. Truth ;Society
You have plaintiffs attorneys, you have defense attorneys. So there is no unified bar that will protect a particular judge who has made a courageous decision that's unpopular.