William J. Brennan, Jr., was a U.S. Supreme Court justice from 1956 to 1990. During his time on the Supreme Court, Justice Brennan played a major role in the understanding of rights for criminals and the accused. William J. Brennan, Jr., was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1906, into an Irish Roman Catholic family. Brennan received an Ivy League education, having attended college at the University of Pennsylvania and law school at Harvard University. Brennan was a colonel in the army during World War II. Prior to attaining a ...

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