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AUTHOR: Charles Evans Hughes (1862–1948)
QUOTATION: We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution.
ATTRIBUTION: CHARLES EVANS HUGHES, speech before the Chamber of Commerce, Elmira, New York, May 3, 1907.—Addresses and Papers of Charles Evans Hughes, Governor of New York, 1906–1908, p. 139 (1908).

“Governor Hughes had prepared a speech for this occasion but Mr. John B. Stanchfield, who spoke before he did, made an attack upon the Public-Service Commissions bill, saying as he did so that he was ‘under no retainer from the railroads,’ and the Governor abandoned his prepared speech to make an extemporaneous reply to Mr. Stanchfield’s arguments” (p. 133, footnote).
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States