Notes of Justices William Brennan and Harry Blackmun
are among the first up for transcription, Johnson said.
death penalty regime, and states' penchant for experimenting with what Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun
once famously called "the machinery of death," is a ghoulish farce masquerading as an enlightened alternative to a bullet or a hangman's noose.
Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun
, who wrote: "From this day forward, I shall no longer tinker with the machinery of death.
But by 1971 President Nixon had appointed a new chief justice, Warren Burger (played in the film by Frank Langella), and his "Minnesota twin," Harry Blackmun
(Ed Begley Jr.
Nixon appointees were nonetheless crucial to the outcome: Harry Blackmun
wrote the majority opinion; Burger joined in the outcome; and Lewis Powell, along with Potter Stewart, was an unwavering supporter of the final, sweeping Blackmun opinion.
But the justice who retired in 1990 and was replaced by David Souter was none of those five but William Brennan, one of the four justices (along with Thurgood Marshall, Harry Blackmun
, and John Paul Stevens) who was clearly pro-Roe.
Wade, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun
, writing for the majority, cited favourably--eight times--a book by Lawrence Lader entitled Abortion.
We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins," Justice Harry Blackmun
wrote in his 1973 majority opinion.
Ginsburg filled the seat vacated by Byron White, a Kennedy appointee, and Breyer replaced Harry Blackmun
, a Nixon appointee who, like Stevens, joined the Court as a "moderate" and ended his tenure as an extreme "liberal.
4, 1988) (on file with the Harry Blackmun
Justice Harry Blackmun
apparently considered this an open question.
Kuhn Dear Chief, I have asked Harry Blackmun
to undertake the writing of the opinion for the Court in this case, which, hopefully, can be a rather brief per curiam.