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19 June, Wednesday

Top 10 SCOTUS quotes of 2018 - USA

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-- "This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone -- not in high school, not in college, not ever."  -- Brett Kavanaugh, Senate testimony, Sept. 27

-- "The details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult." -- Christine Blasey Ford, Senate testimony, Sept. 27

-- "For a member of the legal profession it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court. Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises." -- Justice Anthony Kennedy, letter announcing his retirement, June 27

-- The Proclamation is "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under" federal law. "The sole prerequisite set forth in [federal law] is that the President find that the entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. The President has undoubtedly fulfilled that requirement here... We express no view on the soundness of the policy." -- Supreme Court ruling in "Trump v. Hawaii," upholding by 5-4 the president's indefinite travel ban on travel from several mostly Muslim nations, June 26

-- "While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life. How fortunate I feel to be an American and to have been presented with the remarkable opportunities available to the citizens of our country. As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court." -- Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, announcing her medical condition, Oct. 23

-- “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” -- Chief Justice John Roberts, in response to President Trump's criticism of a federal judge’s order blocking enforcement of a policy restricting asylum from certain illegal immigrants, Nov. 21

-- "Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have 'Obama judges,' and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country." -- President Trump tweet, Nov. 21

-- "This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue... It has led to practical problems and abuse. It is inconsistent with other First Amendment cases and has been undermined by more recent decisions." -- Justice Samuel Alito opinion in "Janus v. AFSCME," a legal blow to big labor that overturned court precedent to rule state government workers cannot be forced to pay so-called "fair share" fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities -- whether they join the union or not, June 27

-- "The true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle-- it is the pendulum. And when it goes very far in one direction, you can count on its swinging back... I'm now 85. My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years." -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, remarks in New York Aug. 19 

-- "I liked beer. I still like beer."  -- Brett Kavanaugh Senate testimony, Sept. 27


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