„The machinery chugs on unabated, belching out its dehumanizing product. It is distressing. But I refuse to despair. I know, one day, the Supreme Court will outlaw the death penalty. Permanently.“

—  William J. Brennan, Writing in Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence (1997).
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