Sandra Day O Connor Quotes by Dianne Feinstein, Samuel Alito, Dick Durbin, Joe Biden, Patrick Leahy, Jon Kyl and many others.
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.
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 the critical decisive vote on many issues that go to the heart of who we are as a nation.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
I’m one that believes that Samuel Alito appointment on the Supreme Court is a pivotal appointment. And because he replace Sandra Day O’Connor and because she was the fifth vote on 148 cases, you well could be a very key and decisive vote.
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.
Her [Jurdge Sandra Day O’Connor] judgment has also been critical in protecting our environmental rights. She joined in 5-4 majorities affirming reproductive freedom and religious freedom and the Voting Rights Act.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.