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"The requirement of 'due process'

is not a fairweather or timid assurance.

It must be respected in periods

of calm and in times of trouble;

it protects aliens as well as citizens."

-- Felix Frankfurter

(1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Source: Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee v. McGrath, 1951




"It is easy to make light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the

safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on behalf of the unworthy.

History bears testimony that by such disregard are the rights of liberty

extinguished, heedlessly at first, then stealthily, and brazenly in the end."

-- Felix Frankfurter

(1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Source: David v. United States, 1946




"A court which yields to the popular will thereby license itself to practice despotism,

for there can be no assurance that it will not on another occasion indulge its own will."

-- Felix Frankfurter

(1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Source: A.F.L v. American Sash & Door, 1949


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