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Albie Sachs

Constitutional Court of South Africa

It wasn't just a question of who was stronger physically, who could mess up and hurt the other side the most effectively to extract information. It was what we stood for, and the ANC, as an organization, took a very, very firm position that we put people on trial. We don't have indefinite detention without a trial, whatever the suspicions might be, and we don't use torture -- sleep deprivation, water boarding, suffocating people, physical abuse. We just don't use that, because that's not the kind of people we are. And I mention this with some emphasis, because it meant, when eventually it came to writing the South African constitution, we didn't need any persuading about the importance of fundamental rights. We had applied the theme of fundamental rights to our enemies in circumstances where conditions were often desperate for us. It was part of our integrity, and our personality, and that dream and sense of idealism that made us a liberation movement, and not just another group of people fighting for power, to dislodge one group and replace them with another group.
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Albie Sachs

Constitutional Court of South Africa

Albie Sachs: When I was young, I learned to dream. I learned to imagine doing impossible things. I learned to feel that we have just one life that can be very rich. It can be very special, it's really up to us. I don't think that's changed really. The details, the formatting of it, the experiences have changed. I've had to rethink a lot of things about happiness. I thought you would just be happy, and then -- personal happiness -- you'd meet the right person, you fall in love and you just become happy. I thought that everybody who had money would be happy. Poor people are unhappy 'cause they're short of bread and they can't go to school and so on. I discovered rich people are unhappy. I discovered you could meet someone you loved very much, you'd been through a lot together, but somehow you weren't happy together. Life in that sense is a much richer, more nuanced experience, in many ways much more wonderful because it's not automatic.
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Jonas Salk

Developer of Polio Vaccine

Why do I see things differently from the way other people see them? Why do I pursue the questions that I pursue, even if others regard them as, as they say, "controversial?" Which merely means that they have a difference of opinion. They see things differently. I am interested both in nature and in the human side of nature, and how the two can be brought together, and effective in a useful way.
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Barry Scheck

Co-Founder, Innocence Project

It was quite an extraordinary it is sort of a landmark case. Because what happened, we did a six-month evidentiary hearing. There were Nobel Prize winners on the prosecution side, we had all these great scientists. And by the end of the hearing, Eric wrote an article about it in Nature. But what happened is he got the prosecution scientists to agree with our scientists about the data and they conceded. They wrote a joint statement at the end of the hearing that you couldn't match the fragments, you couldn't make an adequate statement about their significance, and called on the National Academy of Sciences to convene a panel immediately to help with the transfer of this technology from medical and research purposes to the forensic arena. And that was really a great and extraordinary development. That's really how we began. So we knew immediately that DNA would prove a lot of people innocent.
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Barry Scheck

Co-Founder, Innocence Project

Barry Scheck: I feel, and my colleague Peter Neufeld and everybody that works on the Innocence Project in New York and in the other projects across the country, we feel we are involved in an international human rights movement. Because it has been established now in the United Kingdom, Norway, Israel, China, people are trying to start -- well, Taiwan -- trying to start an Innocence Project. They are very interested in -- mainland China as well -- in this whole issue, and they have delegations over to look at it. But I think that it's an essential human right. No matter what kind of a system you have, whether it's adversarial or inquisitional, there has to be a mechanism in place for people to be able to prove after an adjudication that they really didn't commit the crime. And we've had problems in the American criminal justice system being able to get back into court to prove innocence. And we now have established that far more innocent people are convicted than anybody ever really thought. It was really a necessary fiction to believe that we have an infallible system, but it certainly isn't, and there is no good reason to believe it is infallible. Indeed, I think a law student should say, what's really great about the Innocence Project is not simply that you're able to save a life or the lives of family members of the wrongfully incarcerated and the wrongfully convicted.
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