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Rose Elizabeth Bird

  • If our courts lose their authority and their rulings are no longer respected, there will be no one left to resolve the divisive issues that can rip the social fabric apart ... The courts are a safety valve without which no democratic society can survive.

    • Rose Elizabeth Bird,
    • in Los Angeles Times ()
  • It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just.

    • Rose Elizabeth Bird,
    • in The Boston Globe ()
  • We are incarcerating more people on a per capita basis in California than any country in the world other than South Africa or the Soviet Union.

    • Rose Elizabeth Bird,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • The courts are an easy scapegoat because at a time when everything has to boiled down to easy slogans, we speak in subtleties.

    • Rose Elizabeth Bird,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • ... those who live a public life no longer are seen as 'real persons' — human beings. Rather they are objects to be examined, manipulated, ridiculed.

    • Rose Elizabeth Bird,
    • (1996), in The New York Times ()
  • We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it ... That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago.

    • Rose Elizabeth Bird

Rose Elizabeth Bird, U.S. Chief Justice of California

(1936 - 1999)