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John Paul Stevens Quotes

"When the commission finds that a pig has entered the parlor, the exercise of its regulatory power does not depend on proof that the pig is obscene."

"It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written."

"Although it may not be a castle, it is the functional equivalent of a hotel room, a vacation and retirement home or a hunting and fishing cabin."

"Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom of mind, so also the individual's freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority."

"The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion."

"They may not be conscripted against their will as the foot soldiers in a federal crusade."

"One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

"To show a "well-founded fear of persecution," an alien need not prove that it is more likely than not that he or she will be persecuted in his or her home country."

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