Harry Blackmun

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Harry Andrew Blackmun (1908-11-121999-03-04) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970 to 1994.


  • In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.
    • In Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 US 265, 407 (1978).
  • From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.
    • Part of an opinion handed down in the Supreme Court in February 1994, quoted in William J Quirk and R Randall Bridwell Judicial Dictatorship (1995) p. 120

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