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U.S. Supreme Court Justice
    (January 23, 1915-December 7, 1985)
    Born in Jackson, Michigan
    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1958-81)
    He is remembered mostly for his comment about pornography, 'I know it when I see it.'
    In Griswold v. Connecticut (1964) he argued that there was no Constitutional right to privacy, but in Roe v. Wade (1973) he joined the majority opinion that legalized abortion using the right to privacy as grounds.
    He joined the majority opinions in the cases that both banned the death penalty (1972) and reinstated the death penalty (1976).
    He was reportedly the front runner to replace Earl Warren as Chief Justice, but he refused to go through the confirmation hearings and asked Richard Nixon to remove him from consideration.
    He donated his official papers to Yale, but they remain off limits as of 2008, since he requested that they not be made public until all justices he served with have retired from the Supreme Court. (The last one remaining is John Paul Stevens.)
    He served with the Navy Reserve on oil tankers during World War II.
    He was a moderate swing vote on the court.
    His opinions were considered well-written and reasoned.
    In Katz v. US (1967) he wrote that the Fourth Amendment 'protects people not places' and that the government therefore needed a warrant to engage in wiretapping.

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