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Justice Breyer: 'Not all our decisions are right'
WorldNetDaily ^ | August 11, 2005 | Joe Kovacs

Posted on 08/11/2005 12:31:49 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says not all rulings from America's highest court are correct, admitting judges don't have "some great special insight," and he defends the practice of studying courts in foreign countries to help decide cases in the United States.

Breyer made the remarks during a panel discussion this week in Chicago at the annual conference of the American Bar Association.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackrobedtyrants; scotus; stephenbreyer; supremecourt
During the conference, Breyer also defended the increasing practice of the U.S. Supreme Court examining laws and rulings in foreign nations to help come to conclusions here ----

What a maroon. O'Connor, too.

1 posted on 08/11/2005 12:32:15 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes
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To: Past Your Eyes

He's right about that. Unfortunately, he has a distorted view of which ones are wrong.


2 posted on 08/11/2005 12:34:00 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Past Your Eyes
I saw a C-span show where Scalia and Breyer discussed issues and took questions from the audience. Scalia took him apart and was clearly enjoying twisting him into a pretzel with his own logic. The crowd was also trying to trap Scalia and he would have none of that either.

Breyer is a pussy, IMHO.

3 posted on 08/11/2005 12:34:34 PM PDT by Thebaddog (How's yer dawgs?)
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To: Brilliant

Notice that was conveniently left out of the discussion. Maybe he should check with Scalia to find out which ones need to be corrected.


4 posted on 08/11/2005 12:35:05 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says not all rulings from America's highest court are correct

Ooh, lemme guess. Would the incorrect rulings be the ones where he's in the minority?

5 posted on 08/11/2005 12:36:41 PM PDT by newgeezer (99.44000000% sarcasm-free.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

No shit Sherlock Breyer, and HELL NO to foreign laws. I don't live in a country named "Foreign". I live in the United States of America, and our laws are derived from our Constitution, or at least that should be what is occurring. Said to say that currently it is not.


6 posted on 08/11/2005 12:37:15 PM PDT by conservativecorner (It's a cult of death and submission to fanatics Larry!!)
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To: Past Your Eyes
he defends the practice of studying courts in foreign countries to help decide cases in the United States.
Globalists love that kind of talk....
7 posted on 08/11/2005 12:39:14 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: Thebaddog
I saw a C-span show where Scalia and Breyer discussed issues and took questions from the audience. Scalia took him apart and was clearly enjoying twisting him into a pretzel with his own logic. The crowd was also trying to trap Scalia and he would have none of that either.
Breyer is a pussy, IMHO.


I saw them on C-span too, maybe it was the same program. I agree with your opinion of Breyer. He looks like a homosexual pedophile to me. With his delicate little limp hands and sleepy looking eyes he has "pervert" written all over him.
8 posted on 08/11/2005 12:39:42 PM PDT by Jaysun (Democrats: We must become more effective at fooling people.)
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To: Thebaddog

I saw that on Cspan too. Breyer was telling some teary-eyed tale of walking up a hill and seeing some wall that used to be a jail and is now the wall of the courtroom and he was really moved. I was thinking "and this has to do with American Constitutional law how???"

It's all emotions with these people. Result-oriented decisions.


9 posted on 08/11/2005 12:42:01 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Past Your Eyes

I can't believe that they spent half that article defending looking to foreign courts for our laws. Its insanity!


10 posted on 08/11/2005 12:42:26 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Register to vote as a Dem! You get to vote in their primaries and it screws up their polling data!)
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To: Jaysun

11 posted on 08/11/2005 12:43:33 PM PDT by hang 'em (Here Lies Peter Jennings - Deported with Extreme Prejudice.)
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To: lewislynn

Well a lot of foreign nations have built their judiciaries to mimic the American one. But they were established later, so they may take into account more contemporary social phenomenon.

It kind of reminds me of animation. America popularizes it, Japan "tweaks" it, and now American animators are studying Japanese animation just like the Japanese originally studied ours. Its still a product of the evolution of American animation, even if some modifications were first made in other countries.

I also agree that Breyer would probably be studying the wrong countries.


12 posted on 08/11/2005 12:44:29 PM PDT by kaotic133
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To: Past Your Eyes
someone needs to remind these people what their job description is---the interpretation of U.S. laws and the U.S. Constitution as applied to decisions of U.S. courts
13 posted on 08/11/2005 12:45:09 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious
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To: Personal Responsibility

Justice Ginsberg has also advocated using international and foreign law in making opinions for Americans!!!

THEY all need to go that have that opinion, IMHO!


14 posted on 08/11/2005 12:45:46 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Free Republic is #1!!!!!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

If he's so found of european justice, perhaps he should resign his seat and apply for one in europe. In case he didn't notice it, he's a member of the UNITED STATES Supreme Court, not the International Court.


15 posted on 08/11/2005 12:45:46 PM PDT by McGavin999 ("You must call evil by it's name" GW Bush ......... It's name is Terror)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Ya think?


16 posted on 08/11/2005 12:46:20 PM PDT by Deo et Patria (Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Thebaddog

I saw that show as well. I was overwhelmigly impressed with Judge Scalia. I had never seen him in that type of setting. His insight and intelligence were boundless.

It created a feeling of embarassment in me to think he had to sit before a bunch of ass bags like Schumer for confirmation.


17 posted on 08/11/2005 12:47:32 PM PDT by IamConservative (The true character of a man is revealed in what he does when no one is looking.)
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To: Txsleuth

I think O'Conner and Kennedy subscribe to this idea also.


18 posted on 08/11/2005 12:47:42 PM PDT by bigsigh
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To: Past Your Eyes

In the words of leading Democratic thinker Nancy Pelosi, "It is a decision of the Supreme Court -- so this is almost as if God has spoken."


19 posted on 08/11/2005 12:48:33 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Lonesome's First Law: Whenever anyone says it's not about the money, it's about the money.)
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To: kaotic133

Their job/obligation is to interpret OUR laws not Scottish law...and it's only relationship to animation is how phoney it's all become....


20 posted on 08/11/2005 12:51:13 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: kaotic133

BTW, IMO Japanese animation sucks...


21 posted on 08/11/2005 12:51:57 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: hang 'em
Filthy pedophile. I bet his second career choice was "bus driver".
22 posted on 08/11/2005 12:52:07 PM PDT by Jaysun (Democrats: We must become more effective at fooling people.)
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To: Thebaddog

Breyer Thinks the US Constitution is a SHIP.


23 posted on 08/11/2005 12:52:54 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion they will give it to you.)
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To: lewislynn

I'm not saying they should interpret Scottish law, but that they could learn things from perhaps studying how the Scottish interpret their own laws. We just need to point them toward a country that exercises judicial restraint.


24 posted on 08/11/2005 12:53:06 PM PDT by kaotic133
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To: lewislynn

And I don't disagree, but the bottom line ($$$) disagrees with both of us.


25 posted on 08/11/2005 12:53:57 PM PDT by kaotic133
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To: bigsigh

So that is 4 at least...(until O'Connor is replaced)--

Scary, scary thought.

I was doing a pit stop by Air America this morning and a Canadian was on talking about how Canada has just made gay marriage legal, and they have socialized medicine, and they have places to GET drugs handed out...etc...

THEN he said that it is amazing how prehistoric America is compared to Canada and that there is a saying up there, something like the "brains" are above the border, the "braun" is below...gag me!!!


26 posted on 08/11/2005 12:55:08 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Free Republic is #1!!!!!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests", I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. -Barry Goldwater


27 posted on 08/11/2005 1:06:00 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: lewislynn

Depends on which series you're talking about.


28 posted on 08/11/2005 1:09:05 PM PDT by Terpfen (Liberals call the Constitution a living document because they enjoy torturing it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says not all rulings from America's highest court are correct

Except for Roe v. Wade, which is beyond reproach.
29 posted on 08/11/2005 1:14:27 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: Terpfen

OK?


30 posted on 08/11/2005 1:15:31 PM PDT by lewislynn (Status quo today is the result of eliminating the previous status quo. Be careful what you wish for)
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To: Past Your Eyes
"...and he defends the practice of studying courts in foreign countries to help decide cases in the United States."

Then resign from the SCOTUS and go apply for work in France or Germany, or any place else where we can be rid of your worthless liberal ass.

31 posted on 08/11/2005 1:22:13 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Past Your Eyes

He's not wrong.


32 posted on 08/11/2005 1:22:41 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Thebaddog

I saw that CSPAN show too. I was really amazed at what a dithering airhead Breyer sounded like. He really sounded like a simp. And yes, he seemed like a flaming wussbag.


33 posted on 08/11/2005 1:26:25 PM PDT by Huck (Whatever.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

A caller to Rush today suggested that since Breyer is so enamored of foreign laws, we ought to adopt Blair's new directive to throw out muslim malcontents if they're not supporting Britain.


34 posted on 08/11/2005 1:27:25 PM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: Past Your Eyes
admitting judges don't have "some great special insight,"

That's why you're supposed to follow the Constitution, you 'nad.

35 posted on 08/11/2005 1:32:50 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (When a Jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Maybe he's not right. Wink,wink, nudge,nudge.


36 posted on 08/11/2005 1:59:01 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Txsleuth

I saw an unbelievable bumper sticker on a car today. Granted, I was in Vermont (unfortunately) and the sticker was on a Vermont car. It said "Terrorism: America's #1 Export" (or words to that effect).
How can anybody be that ignorant and malicious?


37 posted on 08/11/2005 3:07:36 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Um---being from Boulder, Colorado...I can just say---there must be certain "breeding areas" for ignorant people...and you and I have seen them up close and personal...

But you notice that none of these same states would tolerate a license tag that says "Choose life"!!!


38 posted on 08/11/2005 3:22:53 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Our troops deserve better than they get from the MSM and the libs!!!)
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To: Txsleuth

I can tell you for sure that Vermont is one of those places. Home of Howard Dean, Bernie Sanders, "Jumping" Jim Jeffords, Patrick Leahy and Ben and Jerry (whose ice cream I absolutely will not buy and I don't care if they don't own it any more). I'm surprised there's any grass growing in Vermont's cemeteries, considering how some of the old timers in there must be spinning. Must be a lot of friction there :(


39 posted on 08/11/2005 3:33:14 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Txsleuth

I live two blocks from a high school and belive me, we have places where drugs are handed out also. LOL.


40 posted on 08/11/2005 5:40:18 PM PDT by bigsigh
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To: McGavin999

The Court has the right to invoke other municipal law but ONLY when dealing with matters of international law. In any case, their authority is limited to case under the Constitution and laws of the United States. Can you imagine the outcry if Scalia or some Catholic jutice were to invoke Canon law?


41 posted on 08/11/2005 10:45:54 PM PDT by RobbyS (chirho)
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To: cotton1706
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests", I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. -Barry Goldwater

Fantastic quote! How did we *not* elect this man president?
42 posted on 08/12/2005 9:04:23 AM PDT by Horkster
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To: Horkster

This is from "The Conscience of a Conservative", the best selling political manifesto of the 20th century. As timeless today as it was then. Goldwater would have beaten Kennedy had he lived.


43 posted on 08/12/2005 9:13:39 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Past Your Eyes
Justice Breyer: 'Not all our decisions are right'

Well, get constipated and hire a sidekick named Dr. Watson.

44 posted on 08/12/2005 9:17:59 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Be a glowworm. A glowworm's never glum. How can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Your job, 'Justice' Breyer, is not determining "what is right", but "what is Constitutional"... which you took an oath to uphold. Other nations do not address the American Constitution at all in their decisions and law-making, therefore they have no place in your decision-making. Dolt.


45 posted on 08/12/2005 10:41:22 AM PDT by Teacher317
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