- NAME: Byron R. White
- OCCUPATION: Football Player, Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: June 08, 1917
- DEATH DATE: April 15, 2002
- EDUCATION: University of Oxford, Yale Law School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Fort Collins, Colorado
- PLACE OF DEATH: Denver, Colorado
- AKA: Byron White
- Full Name: Byron Raymond White
- Nickname: "Whizzer"
- AKA: Byron R. White
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he wrote "I have no desire whatsoever to share the responsibility" for the decision's "impact on the present criminal process."
In 1973, White also dissented in the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade. He believed that the court's ruling in the case was "an improvident and extravagant exercise ... of raw judicial power," according to the Los Angeles Times.
As the court became more conservative in the 1980s and '90s, White seemed to more in line with his colleagues. He wrote the majority opinion for Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), which upheld the Georgia law against "homosexual sodomy." He and his fellow justices overturned a lower court's ruling that considered this sexual act to be covered under an implied right to privacy found in the Constitution's Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. White thought the Constitution offered no such provisions, and the court had no interest in invalidating the sodomy laws in roughly 25 states.
White retired from the court in 1993. Known for being gruff and no-nonsense, he skipped the standard final press conference before stepping down. Instead, White released a letter to his judicial peers and the public about his future plans. According to The New York Times, he wrote: "Hence, like any other Court of Appeals judge, I hope the court's mandates will be clear, crisp, and leave those of us below with as little room as possible for disagreement about their meaning."
On April 15, 2002, former justice White died of complications of pneumonia in Denver, Colorado. He was survived by his wife Marion, their two children, Byron White and Nancy White Lippe, and six grandchildren. White was hailed by President George W. Bush as "a distinguished jurist who served his country with honor and dedication," according to the Washington Post. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist also remembered White as "a good colleague and a great friend" to the Los Angeles Times.
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