The Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact.

Justice Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) US Supreme Court Justice
Terminiello v. City of Chicago, 337 U.S. 1 (1949) (dissenting)

Common paraphrase of Jackson's actual comment: "There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."
Added on 1-Mar-12 | Last updated 1-Mar-12
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