Thurgood Marshall

1908 - 1993

A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on discrimination, history, practice, and shame

[It is] a historic step toward eliminating the shameful practice of racial discrimination in the selection of juries.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Majority opinion in 7-2 ruling that made it more difficult to exclude blacks from juries, 30 Apr 86

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on belief, concern, danger, defense, failure, guilt, insanity, and punishment

[Jurors who are opposed to capital punishment are] more likely to believe that a defendant's failure to testify is indicative of his guilt, more hostile to the insanity defense, more mistrustful of defense attorneys and less concerned about the danger of erroneous convictions.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Dissenting opinion in 6-3 ruling regarding juries in capital cases, 5 May 86

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Majority opinion in 8-1 ruling regarding insanity pleas, psychiatrists help preparing cases,26 Feb 85

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on humanity

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on challenge and discrimination

[Ending racial discrimination in jury selection] can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Majority opinion in 7-2 ruling that made it more difficult to exclude blacks from juries, 30 Apr 86

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on books and business

If the 1st Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Unanimous opinion, guarantees right to have at home material, obscene if in public, 7 Apr 69

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