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William Hubbs Rehnquist
1924 -

American jurist, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


Government actions that unconstitutionally burden [the First Amendment right to associate for expression] may take many forms, one of which is intrusion into a groupís internal affairs by forcing it to accept a member it does not desire... The forced inclusion of an unwanted person in a group infringes the group's freedom of expressive association if the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group's ability to advocate public or private viewpoints.

Jun. 28, 2000 - from Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, 99-699, which affirmed the Boy Scouts' right to not hire persons incompatible with its "morally straight" credo
Somewhere 'out there' beyond the walls of the courthouse, run currents and tides of public opinion which lap at the courtroom door.

Apr. 17, 1986 - from a speech at Suffolk University Law School, Boston
The right to one's day in court is meaningless if the judge who hears the case lacks the talent, experience and temperament that will enable him to protect imperiled rights and to render a fair decision.

quoted in Lawyers Wit & Wisdom: Quotations on the Legal Profession, in Brief, by Nash and Zullo