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Warren E. Burger


Burger calls his Supreme Court judicial opinions "a guaranteed remedy for chronic insomnia"

Warren Earl Burger, 1907-1995.  Chief Justice of the United States, 1969-1986.  Exceptional and extremely desirable volume entitled Significant Supreme Court Opinions of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, boldly inscribed and signed For my good friend / and colleague, Ron Hachey / —a guaranteed remedy / for chronic insomnia / Warren E. Burger. 

This book compiles 39 opinions that Burger himself selected as his significant writings during his tenure as Chief Justice.  They include 38 majority opinions and one dissent.  Among them are these:

  United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974), in which the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a subpoena for President Richard M. Nixon's Oval Office tape recordings, which revealed Nixon's role in covering up the Watergate burglary and ultimately forced his resignation.  Nixon resigned the presidency just over two weeks after the Court issued its ruling.

  Schlesinger v. Reservists Committee to Stop the War, 418 U.S. 208 (1974), which held that the committee, a national association of present and former officers and enlisted members of the Armed Forces Reserves, and individual committee members lacked standing as either citizens or taxpayers to seek a declaration that members of Congress were ineligible to hold commissions in the reserves.  The committee opposed American military involvement in Vietnam and sought to use all lawful means to end it.

  Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973), which reaffirmed that obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment and established guidelines for evaluating whether works are obscene.

  Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), which held that Wisconsin's compulsory school attendance law violated the First Amendment guarantee of the right to free exercise of religion by Amish parents who, because of their religion, declined to send their children to public or private schools after the eighth grade.  

  Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, 402 U.S. 1 (1971), in which the Supreme Court, expanding on the general framework of Brown v. Board of Education, established guidelines for remedying racial segregation in public schools.

This book, published by the Philippine Bar Association in 1984, two years before Burger's retirement, reproduces the actual opinions from the United States Reports.  Burger has inscribed and signed it to his friend Judge Ronald E. Hachey, a Minnesota district court judge and fellow graduate of the St. Paul College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, the predecessor to William Mitchell College of Law.  Hachey taught trial advocacy at the college for 30 years, was elected to its board of trustees in 1970, and became president of the board in 1973.  He died in 2005, and this book comes from his estate.

Burger has boldly inscribed and signed this book with a black felt-tipped pen on the back free endpaper, which is made of heavy, smooth paper.  The book itself is in very good to fine condition.  It is not worn.  There is some slight soiling, and there are a few foxing spots, none of which appears on the page that Burger has signed, but the binding is very tight.

Burger is scarce in autographic material.  This book, containing Burger's own assessment of which of his opinions he thought significant in his Supreme Court career, is extremely desirable.



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