Skip to comments.Students ply Justice Breyer with questions, autograph requests (BARF)
Posted on 02/06/2006 4:50:51 PM PST by new yorker 77
SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer received a welcome befitting a rock star Monday at his old high school.
While Breyer, 67, who graduated from Lowell High School in 1955, sidestepped questions from students about thorny subjects like religion in public schools, he spent about an hour explaining how laws are made in the nation's highest court.
Surrounded by throngs of enthusiastic students seeking autographs and a private word with the justice, Breyer had a hard time making his way back to his seat following his address.
"It was really good to be around one of the most powerful people in America," said senior Maxim Massenkoff, one of about 1,000 upperclassmen who attended the event. "Usually you think of a Supreme court justice and you think it's an old stickler. He really seems like a people person."
Indeed, Breyer devoted as much time eliciting laughter from his off-the-cuff asides as he did discussing legal precedents. While he explained the U.S. Supreme Court typically chooses to hear about 80 cases out of 8,000 or more requests, Breyer's cell phone rang.
"This is why you should always turn off your cell phone off," Breyer said as the room erupted. "No cell phones permitted during the lecture."
At another point, Breyer - who, until last week's swearing in of Justice Samuel Alito, was the most junior justice on the high court - interrupted an explanation of how the nine justices start deliberations on a particular case. A key rule at the outset is that each justice, starting with the chief and the most senior, gets to air his or her views and no one gets to speak twice until each justice has spoken once.
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"he spent about an hour explaining how laws are made in the nation's highest court"
Someone needs to read the Constitution. They may be surprised to learn that the Supremes aren't supposed to "make" law.
says it all...
I think the Supremes make laws by consulting the preferences of the ruling elites in their favorite foreign countries and declaring those preferences binding over here as well.
Therein lies the problem with judicial activism. A supreme court justice explains "how laws are made in the nation's highest court" and a reporter who presumably graduated from college with a degree in journalism doesn't recognize this as a constitutional problem.
All of you beat me to it. The phrase does just leap out, doesn't it?
The liberals rewrite the Constitution so that the Supreme Court makes the laws, Congress supplies the money, and the President has nothing to say about any of it. At least so long as a Republican's in office.
"Uh, excuse me Justice Breyer, but why is it OK to take my mommy & daddy's house and give it to a big company?"
I, Justice Stephen Breyer, hereby resign my position as a Supreme Court Justice effective immediately.
Everyone jumped on that one line but has anyone written to the newspaper to correct them?? That's what I'm going to do!