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We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.

Earl Warren (1891-1974) American jurist and politician; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1953-69)
Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) [unanimous opinion]
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A citizen’s constitutional rights can hardly be infringed simply because a majority of the people choose that it be.

Earl Warren (1891-1974) American jurist and politician; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1953-69)
Lucas v. Colorado General Assembly, 377 U.S. 713, majority opinion (1964)
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Implicit in the term “national defense” is the notion of defending those values and ideas which set this Nation apart. … It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of … those liberties … which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile.

Earl Warren (1891-1974) American jurist and politician; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1953-69)
US v. Robel, 389 US 258 (1967)
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The abhorrence of society to the use of involuntary confessions does not turn alone on their inherent untrustworthiness. It also turns on the deep-rooted feeling that the police must obey the law while enforcing the law; that, in the end, life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.

Earl Warren (1891-1974) American jurist and politician; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1953-69)
Majority opinion, Spano v New York, 360 U.S. 315 (1959)

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Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.

Earl Warren (1891-1974) American jurist and politician; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1953-69)
Speech, Madison, Wisconsin (Jun 1955)
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