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Warren Burger
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U.S. Chief Justice
    (September 17, 1907-June 25, 1995)
    Served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1956-1969)
    15th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1969-1986)
    Important court cases include 'New York Times vs. United States (1971),' 'United States vs. Nixon (1972),' 'Roe vs. Wade (1973),' 'Bakke vs. University of California Board of Regents (1976)' and 'Texas vs. Johnson (1989)'
    Member of the Republican Party
    His first name is the same as the last name of his predecessor, Earl Warren.
    He was appointed to the Chief Justice position by Richard Nixon.
    He supported one of Minnesota governor Harold E. Stassen's many unsuccessful pursuits of the Republican presidential nomination (1948).
    He helped reinstate the death penalty after it had briefly been abolished (1976).
    He ruled in support of abortion as a privacy issue in the 'Roe vs. Wade' case, which unleashed a fevered national debate that will never, ever end.
    He aggressively defended a law which jailed a man for life for writing a fraudulent check in the amount of $100, believing it was not cruel and unusual punishment (Solem vs. Helm, 1983).
    He did not have much influence on the bench, instead deciding to focus on the tedious day-to-day operations of the nation's legal system.
    His court supported affirmative action, which some believe discriminates against other races.
    Some of his opponents argued that his Chief Justice tenor trivialized the office.
    He donated his papers to the College of William and Mary, but they won't be open to the public until 2026 (what's the friggen point?!).
    While working with a crew building the Robert Street Bridge in St. Paul, he suggested a net be installed to catch anyone who fell (he was rebuffed by managers of the project).
    His legal career started slowly, but he gradually gained more power.
    Even though he was appointed by Nixon, he ruled against his attempt to hold on to tapes relating to the Watergate scandal, prompting his resignation.
    Despite pressure by other Republicans to turn over the previous court's decisions and again segregates schools, he continued the Supreme Court's support of desegregation.
    His court ruled in several cases in favor of women's rights.
    His written opinions were always straightforward and non controversial.
    He argued for liberal ideas with a conservative approach.
    He maintained the First Amendment when he ruled that flag burning was 'expressive conduct' because it was an attempt to 'convey a particularized message.'
    Despite his shortcomings as a leader on the bench, he proved to be an excellent manager of the legal system by speeding up the legal process.
    He was the longest serving Chief Justice in the 20th century.
    He retired from the bench instead of rotting away on it until he died like other Chief Justices (1986).

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