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Felix Frankfurter
1882 - 1965
U.S. Supreme Court justice

If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process.

1947 - from United States v. United Mine Workers of America (330 U.S. 258)
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it.

1932 - in Graves vs. New York
Personal freedom is best maintained ... when it is ingrained in a people's habits and not enforced against popular policy by the coercion of adjudicated law.

1932 - in Graves vs. New York
[Of Michigan's anti-obscenity legislation] The State insists that, by thus quarantining the general reading public against books not too rugged for grown men and women in order to shield juvenile innocence, it is exercising its power to promote the general welfare. Surely, this is to burn the house to roast the pig... We have before us legislation not reasonably restricted to the evil with which it is said to deal. The incidence of this enactment is to reduce the adult population of Michigan to reading only what is fit for children.

1957 - from his decision in Butler v. Michigan 352 U.S. 380