To hold that the act of homosexual sodomy is somehow protected as a fundamental right would be to cast aside millennia of moral teaching.

— Warren E. Burger

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A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and - at some point - finality of judgment.


We are more casual about qualifying the people we allow to act as advocates in the courtroom than we are about licensing electricians.


There are many prices we pay for freedoms secured by the First Amendment;

the risk of undue influence is one of them, confirming what we have long known: Freedom is hazardous, but some restraints are worse.


The notion that most people want black-robed judges, well-dressed lawyers and fine-paneled courtrooms as the setting to resolve their disputes is not correct. People with problems, like people with pains, want relief, and they want it as quickly and inexpensively as possible.


The policeman on the beat or in the patrol car makes more decisions and exercises broader discretion affecting the daily lives of people every day and to a greater extent, in many respects, than a judge will ordinarily exercise in a week.


There may be some incorrigible human beings who cannot be changed except by God's own mercy to that one person.


The trial of a case is a three-legged stool - a judge and two advocates.


It is not unprofessional to give free legal advice, but advertising that the first visit will be free is a bit like a fox telling chickens he will not bite them until they cross the threshold of the hen house.


Calculated risks of abuse are taken in order to preserve higher values.


Doctors still retain a high degree of public confidence because they are perceived as healers. Should lawyers not be healers? Healers, not warriors? Healers, not procurers? Healers, not hired guns?


Crime and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life.


Trials by the adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood.


About Warren E. Burger

Quotes 30 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Judge
Birthday October 16

History is filled with examples of men and women who rendered highly effective performance without the conventional badges of accomplishment in terms of certificates, diplomas, or degrees. Diplomas and tests are useful servants, but Congress has mandated the commonsense proposition that they are not to become masters of reality.


We may be well on our way to a society overrun by hordes of lawyers, hungry as locusts, and brigades of judges in numbers never before contemplated.


The State may justify a limitation on religious liberty by showing it is essential to accomplish an overriding governmental interest.


There can be no doubt that the practice of opening legislative sessions with prayer has become part of the fabric of our society.


It is indeed an odd business that it has taken this Court nearly two centuries to "discover" a constitutional mandate to have counsel at a preliminary hearing.


The president's need for complete candor and objectivity from advisers calls for great deference from the courts.


[I]n constitutional adjudication some steps, which when taken were thought to approach 'the verge,' have become the platform for yet further steps. A certain momentum develops in constitutional theory and it can be a 'downhill thrust' easily set in motion but difficult to retard or stop.


Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. This is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.


We may have lured judges into roaming at large in the constitutional field.


Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times.


The right of every person "to be let alone" must be placed in the scales with the right of others to communicate.


For better or worse, editing is what editors are for;

and editing is selection and choice of material. That editors newspaper or broadcast can and do abuse this power is beyond doubt, but that is no reason to deny the discretion Congress provided.


The Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state;

it affirmatively mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance, of all religions, and forbids hostility toward any.


[No one will be able to] deter the scientific mind from probing into the unknown any more than Canute could command the tides.


There can be no assumption that today's majority is "right" and the Amish and others like them are "wrong." A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no rights or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different.


However, when the privilege depends solely on the broad, undifferentiated claim of public interest in the confidentiality of such conversations, a confrontation with other values arises.


Guilt or innocence becomes irrelevant in the criminal trials as we flounder in a morass of artificial rules poorly conceived and often impossible [to apply].