Sandra Day O Connor Quotes by Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Jon Kyl 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 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.
She [Justice Sandra Day O’Connor], unlike, Judge Bork, did not think that being on the court would be an “intellectual feast,” to quote Judge [Robert Heron] Bork.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Not that I’ve always agreed with what she said – far from it – but Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been properly lauded, in my view, as a judge who approached her duties with open-mindedness and with a sensitivity that affects her decisions would have on everyday, ordinary people.
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.
I am deeply honored to have been nominated for a position on the Supreme Court. And I an humbled to have been nominated for the seat that is now held by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
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.
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.