Sandra Day O Connor Quotes by Edward Kennedy, Patrick Leahy, Jon Kyl, Patricia Ireland, Joe Biden, Dick Durbin and many others.
As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stated, even a state of war is not a blank check for a president to do whatever he wants.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor serves as a model Supreme Court justice, widely recognized as a jurist with practical values, a sense of the consequences of the legal decisions being made by the Supreme Court.
Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor has been a guardian of the protections the Constitution provides the American people. She’s come to provide balance and a check on government intrusion into our personal privacy and freedoms.
Her [Jurdge Sandra Day O’Connor] judgment has also been critical in protecting our environmental rights. She joined in 5-4 majorities affirming reproductive freedom and religious freedom and the Voting Rights Act.
She [Justice sandra Day O’Connor] rejected the [George] Bush administration’s claim that it could indefinitely detain a United States citizen. She upheld the fundamental principle of judicial review over the exercise of government power.
She [Justice sandra Day O’Connor] wrote – and this is one we should all remember – she wrote that even war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation’s citizens. She held that even this president is not above the law.
Arizonians are deeply proud of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s service to this country. She will always be remembered by Arizonans and all Americans as an extraordinary public servant.
I just have that sense this is the reason we got Sandra Day O’Connor on the Court in the first place is because Ronald Reagan was running for President.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor brought critical qualities to the high court that not everybody thinks are qualities – I happen to think they are – her pragmatism and her state craft.
I regret that some on the extreme right have been so critical of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and have adamantly opposed the naming of a successor who shares her judicial philosophy and qualities. And their criticism actually reflects poorly upon them.
Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor also brought balance to our highest court; most recently, as been repeated many times, when she cautioned about how war doesn’t give a blank check.
As we have seen from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s example, even one justice can profoundly alter the meaning of those words for our citizens. Even one justice can deeply affect the rights and liberties of the American people.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor decisions reflect, in my view, that our society has worked very hard to improve the workaday world, to open doors to workers confronted by powerful employers and for women facing harassment and stereotypes.
Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor has been the critical decisive vote on many issues that go to the heart of who we are as a nation.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been a pioneer, and her dedicated service on the Supreme Court will never be forgotten. And the people of the country certainly owe her a great debt for the service that she has provided.
Abortion, however, is a big threshold issue for me because the dominant majority of people in my state are pro-choice. I ran as a pro-choice Democrat, and she fills Sandra Day O’Connor’s shoes, and they are critical shoes.
[Sandra Day O’Connor] is a justice whose graciousness and sense of duty fuels her continued service, even agreeing to serve more than six months after her retirement date.