THE WARREN E. BURGER COURT - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ASSOCIATE JUSTICE BYRON R. WHITE, CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN E. BURGER, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LEWIS F. POWELL JR., ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN JR., ASSOCIATE JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL, CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE HARRY A. BLACKMUN, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS - HFSID 287090
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WARREN BURGER COURT (1981-1986)
18x14 color photo of the US Supreme Court Justices, signed by all 9. This was the Court's membership from the arrival of Justice O'Connor until the retirement of Chief Justice Burger
Photograph Mount signed: "John Paul Stevens", "Thurgood Marshall", "William H. Rehnquist", "Byron R. White", "Harry A. Blackmun", "William J. Brennan, Jr", "Warren E. Burger", "Sandra D. O'Connor", and "Lewis F. Powell, Jr". Color, 13½x10 image, affixed to 18x14 cardstock. The Justices have signed in the lower margin, in the same order as their photo line. WARREN E. BURGER (1907-1995), a Republican appointed by President Richard Nixon to replace Chief Justice Earl Warren, served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1969 until his retirement in 1986. His court upheld Miranda v. Arizona (source of the "Miranda warning"), decided 1973's abortion rights case Roe v. Wade. It also ruled unanimously rejected President Nixon's claim of executive privilege, compelling him to turn the infamous "White House" tapes over to the Special Prosecutor investigating Watergate. WILLIAM REHNQUIST (1924-2005) was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon on January 7, 1972. President Reagan appointed Rehnquist Chief Justice on September 26, 1986; he served until his death in 2005. As Chief Justice, he presided at President Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999. On December 12, 2000, his court ruled 5-4 that the manual recount of presidential votes in Florida was unconstitutional, resulting in Vice President Al Gore's concession and Texas Governor George W. Bush's victory. WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, Jr. (1906-1997), appointed Associate Justice by President Eisenhower, served from 1956-1990. He believed that only by making the Constitution a "living document" could our system of government keep up with the needs of our society in direct opposition to the "strict constructionist" approach of conservative colleagues such as Justice Rehnquist. BYRON R. WHITE (1917-2002), was the first appointment to the Supreme Court by President Kennedy and served from 1962 until his retirement in 1993. White played professional football for the then Pittsburgh Pirates (now the Steelers) to earn money for law school, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford until World War II broke out. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest member (at age 44) to serve on the Court. Difficult to categorize and suspicious of ideology, White dissented in such landmark cases as Miranda and Roe v. Wade (1973). THURGOOD MARSHALL (1908-1993) was the first black Associate Justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court (1967-1991). As Associate Justice, Marshall supported First Amendment rights, opposed the death penalty and argued against any form of discrimination. Previously, as legal director for the NAACP, he had successfully argued the landmark Civil Rights case, Brown v. Board of Education (1954), before the Supreme Court. HARRY A. BLACKMUN (1908-1999) appointed by President Nixon in 1970, was initially allied with the conservatives on the Court, but is best remembered for his 1973 majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion. He retired in 1994. LEWIS F. POWELL, JR. (1907-1998), a Democrat, was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon. Commissioned on Dec. 9, 1971, he served from 1972 to 1987. Serving under both Chief Justices Warren Burger and William H. Rehnquist (from 1986), Powell, who had been a moderate before joining the Court, often found himself as the swing vote in a number of important cases. His votes decided the Court's first confrontations with abortion and affirmative action issues. Before joining the Court, the highlight of Powell's legal career was becoming President of the American Bar Association in 1964. JOHN PAUL STEVENS (b. 1920) was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on December 19, 1975. He established a moderately liberal voting record that made him seem even more liberal against more recent conservative appointees and has been a strong defender of civil rights, gay rights and First Amendment rights. SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR (b. 1930), graduated third in the same Stanford Law School class from which former Chief Justice Rehnquist graduated first. A former Majority Leader of the Arizona Senate, she became a state trial court judge and then in 1979 a judge on the Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her for the US Supreme Court, and she was easily confirmed in September 1981, becoming the first woman on the highest court. O'Connor was often a swing vote on divided Court decisions, and she took the lead in defining the nature and limits of abortion rights within the context of Roe v Wade. O'Connor retired from the Court in January 2006. Photo in fine condition. Cardstock corners lightly creased and worn. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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