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Lewis F. Powell
1907 - 1998

Former justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1972-1987) appointed by President Richard Nixon, lawyer, past president of the American Bar Association


... since religion permeates our history, a familiarity with the nature of religious beliefs is necessary to understand many historical as well as contemporary events.

1987 - from his concurring decision in Edwards v. Aguillard
The guarantee of equal protection cannot mean one thing when applied to one individual and something else when applied to a person of another color. If both are not accorded the same protection, then it is not equal.

1978 - from University of California v. Bakke