Robert H. Jackson
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"Robert Houghwout Jackson" was United States Solicitor General (1938-1940), United States Attorney General (1940–1941) and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States/Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States/United States Supreme Court (1941–1954). He is the only person in United States history to have held all three of those offices. He was also the chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. A "county-seat lawyer", he remains the last Supreme Court justice appointed who did not graduate from any law school (though Justice Stanley Forman Reed/Stanley Reed who served from 1938 to 1957 was the last such justice to serve on the court), although he did attend Albany Law School in Albany, New York for one year. He is remembered for his famous advice that "any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances" and for his aphorism describing the Supreme Court, "We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final." Many lawyers revere Justice Jackson as one of the best writers on the court, and one of the most committed to due process protections from overreaching federal agencies.

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The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.

We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow.

In this court the parties changed positions as nimbly as if dancing a quadrille.

I was starting to question my own sanity (after the first two games). You don't pull on Superman's cape - we were over our heads in those games. But the kids stayed positive and that's important.

It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.

In our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds-that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous.

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act.

You can't be picking and choosing - we will know after this week if we have learned anything.

A lot depends on how fast we can get the major breaks contained.

When the [Supreme] Court moved to Washington in 1800, it was provided with no books, which probably accounts for the high quality of early opinions.

Refugees have come up from Louisiana and have located in Quitman County, Coahoma and Tunica.

Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.

Maybe they're looking at the future, as far as appointments in his administration or some other favor from him, ... I think that if, in fact, they run for office in the future, their party affiliation to the Democratic party is going to be called into question and they're going to have to answer to that.

We can afford no liberties with liberty itself.

We are not unaware that we are not final because we are infallible; we know that we are infallible only because we are final.

Well, you really never know until you put them on the field, but right now we look good warming up, ... But that first season is behind us and all the kids are Panthers. We are in that getty-up-and-go mode right now.

We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.