Potter Stewart


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Stewart, Potter,

1915–85, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1958–81), b. Jackson, Mich. After receiving (1941) his law degree from Yale, he was admitted to the Ohio bar. He later practiced law in Cincinnati. A U.S. Circuit Court judge from 1954 to 1958, he was appointed by President Eisenhower to replace Harold H. Burton on the Supreme Court. An advocate of the careful exercise of judicial review, Stewart limited his decisions to narrow questions of law and rarely ruled on broad constitutional issues.

Stewart, Potter

(1915–85) Supreme Court justice; born in Jackson, Mich. He was in private practice and involved in Cincinnati politics when he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals (1954–58). President Eisenhower named him to the U.S. Supreme Court (1959–81) where he took independent and moderate judicial positions.
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United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart wrote in 1964 to describe his threshold test for obscenity, 'I shall not today attempt further to define.
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That by aiming to equalize the political influence of persons and groups, it would reverse the 1976 Buckley decision joined by such champions of free expression as Justices William Brennan, Thurgood Marshall and Potter Stewart.
As Justice Potter Stewart wrote in Furman, "The penalty of death differs from all other forms of criminal punishment, not in degree but in kind.
As the former Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart once said, "There is a big difference between what we have the right to do and what is right to do.
Warren Court holdovers--William Douglas, nominated to the Court by Franklin Roosevelt; William Brennan and Potter Stewart, nominated by Dwight Eisenhower; and Thurgood Marshall, nominated by Lyndon Johnson--constituted a majority of the seven Justices who rewrote abortion law in Roe.
8220;Long before Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart proclaimed 'I know it when I see it,' there has been a stigma attached to pornography that has kept visual artists from attempting to create it,” observes West.
How about what Potter Stewart said from the Supreme Court bench regarding pornography: "I shall not attempt to define it further .
Insider trading has always been difficult to define -- not even the intuitive "I know it when I see it" definition that Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart used to identify pornography really applies -- but nowhere is the definition murkier than in what's known as the "Mosaic Theory" of stock research.
Como lo observo el ex juez de la Corte Suprema Potter Stewart, la funcion judicial no se extiende a la determinacion de si una "ley es insensata, o incluso estupida".
And Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting in one of the 1972 cases, said non-unanimous verdicts allow jurors in the majority to ignore the views of those of a different race or class.
Offering his opinion on what constitutes pornography, in a case up for a ruling in the Supreme Court in 1964, Justice Potter Stewart said simply: "I know it when I see it".