"In my judgment the people of no nation can lose their liberty so long as a Bill of Rights like ours survives and its basic purposes are conscientiously interpreted, enforced and respected so as to afford continuous protection against old, as well as new, devices and practices which might thwart those purposes. I fear to see the consequences of the Court's practice of substituting its own concepts of decency and fundamental justice for the language of the Bill of Rights as its point of departure in interpreting and enforcing that Bill of Rights."
by:
Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
Source:
Adamson v. California, 332 U.S. 46, 89 (Dissent) (1947)
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Funny he should talk like this then later join Chief Justice Earl Warren in issuing Court Orders which is simply how the court gets around the constitution to pass laws on their own.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Enter, the (anti) Patriot Act, the War on Terror, Security, Perpetual War...The Bill of Rights is no longer...You have NO rights. None.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Wrong ,J Carlton, you have the "right" to do as you're told by those wonderful people in Washington.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    jim k, that would be pretty funny if it weren't so true.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Once the commercial and common law jurisdictions were merged into one during FDR's tenure, ALL the courts, Supreme and otherwise, became Admiralty/Maritime courts in which judges make law through precedent. The States need to re-assert their soveriegn power and put Washington's dictates back into their own jurisdiction. The quote is right on -- however, according to the source, this was a dissenting opinion. Maybe Americans are just not bright enough to be free -- it sure seems that we do everything in our power to give that away to some 'authority'. What a bunch of whining cowards we have become.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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