Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Bryon White

  • The Burger Court Signed Photograph.

The Burger Court Signed Photograph.

Item Number: 65074

1968.

Large photograph from the early 1980’s of the Burger Court, signed by each justice. The justices are Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Bryon White. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 21.5 inches. Rare and desirable.

 

 

The Burger Court has been described as a 'transitional' court as it continued the liberal legacy of the Warren Court but transitioned into the more conservative Rehnquist Court. The Burger Court had a less generous interpretation of the protections offered by the Fourth and Fifth Amendments than those of the Warren Court, but  did not overrule any of the major precedents set by it. The Burger Court is perhaps best known for its landmark decisions: New York Times v. United States (1971) which allowed the New York Times and Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers, Roe v. Wade (1973) which legalized abortion, and United States v. Nixon (1974) which resulted in the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.