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William J. Brennan

Law cannot stand aside from the social changes around it.

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The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end.

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Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics.

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We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents.

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If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion.

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Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment.

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The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes invalidates the punishment.

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