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Students ply Justice Breyer with questions, autograph requests (BARF)
The AP via The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 6, 2006 | Dan Goodin

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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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: scotus; stephenbreyer

1 posted on 02/06/2006 4:50:52 PM PST by new yorker 77
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To: new yorker 77

"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.


2 posted on 02/06/2006 4:53:38 PM PST by linear (Behind every good man is a woman lamenting that she married a lazy bum.)
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To: new yorker 77
he spent about an hour explaining how laws are made in the nation's highest court

says it all...

3 posted on 02/06/2006 4:54:08 PM PST by Palpatine (Every single liberal is now an enemy of the republic!)
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To: new yorker 77
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.

Note to the AP and/or Justice Breyer: Laws aren't (or at least SHOULDN'T) be MADE in the Supreme Court. The court should interpret the law, not make it.
4 posted on 02/06/2006 4:55:50 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: new yorker 77
" he spent about an hour explaining how laws are made in the nation's highest court....

Nice.

5 posted on 02/06/2006 4:56:06 PM PST by griffin (Love Jesus, No Fear!)
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To: Palpatine

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.


6 posted on 02/06/2006 4:56:54 PM PST by madprof98
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To: new yorker 77
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.

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.

7 posted on 02/06/2006 4:57:47 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: madprof98

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.


8 posted on 02/06/2006 5:00:39 PM PST by Argus
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To: new yorker 77

"Uh, excuse me Justice Breyer, but why is it OK to take my mommy & daddy's house and give it to a big company?"


9 posted on 02/06/2006 5:13:05 PM PST by Uncledave (It takes some pretty serious yodeling to call for a filibuster from a five-star ski resort)
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Justice Breyer, could you please give me your autograph?

I, Justice Stephen Breyer, hereby resign my position as a Supreme Court Justice effective immediately.

X ______________________

10 posted on 02/06/2006 5:32:02 PM PST by KarlInOhio (During wartime, some whistles should not be blown. - Orson Scott Card)
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To: linear

Everyone jumped on that one line but has anyone written to the newspaper to correct them?? That's what I'm going to do!


11 posted on 02/06/2006 5:35:54 PM PST by Betteboop
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To: Betteboop; All

Done!


12 posted on 02/06/2006 5:44:27 PM PST by Betteboop
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