Skip to comments.Justice Breyer: 'Not all our decisions are right'
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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What a maroon. O'Connor, too.
He's right about that. Unfortunately, he has a distorted view of which ones are wrong.
Breyer is a pussy, IMHO.
Notice that was conveniently left out of the discussion. Maybe he should check with Scalia to find out which ones need to be corrected.
Ooh, lemme guess. Would the incorrect rulings be the ones where he's in the minority?
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.
he defends the practice of studying courts in foreign countries to help decide cases in the United States.Globalists love that kind of talk....
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.
I can't believe that they spent half that article defending looking to foreign courts for our laws. Its insanity!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I think O'Conner and Kennedy subscribe to this idea also.
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."
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....
BTW, IMO Japanese animation sucks...
Breyer Thinks the US Constitution is a SHIP.
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.
And I don't disagree, but the bottom line ($$$) disagrees with both of us.
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!!!
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
Depends on which series you're talking about.
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.
He's not wrong.
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.
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.
That's why you're supposed to follow the Constitution, you 'nad.
Maybe he's not right. Wink,wink, nudge,nudge.
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?
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"!!!
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 :(
I live two blocks from a high school and belive me, we have places where drugs are handed out also. LOL.
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?
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.
Well, get constipated and hire a sidekick named Dr. Watson.
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.