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William Rehnquist (1924 – 2005)


Member of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1972 until his death, and served as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States after being elevated from Associate Justice by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
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William Rehnquist
A public library does not acquire Internet terminals in order to create a public forum for Web publishers to express themselves, any more than it collects books in order to provide a public forum for the authors of books to speak.
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The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engage in gestures of superficial equality.
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[T]he Constitution does not guarantee the right to acquire information at a public library without any risk of embarrassment.




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To the extent that libraries wish to offer unfiltered access, they are free to do so without federal assistance.
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[Jury selection] is best based upon seat-of-the-pants instincts, which are undoubtedly crudely stereotypical and may in many cases be hopelessly mistaken.
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This result [] will daily stand as a veritable sword of Damocles over every succeeding president and his advisers.
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No amount of repetition of historical errors in judicial opinions can make the errors true. The "wall of separation between church and State" is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
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Pregnancy is of course confined to women, but it is in other ways significantly different from the typical covered disease or disability.
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The considered professional judgment of the Air Force is that the traditional outfitting of personnel in standardized uniforms encourages the subordination of personal preferences and identities in favor of the overall group mission.
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