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  • Justtice Breyer: 'Best Way to Preserve American Values Is to Know What’s Going on Abroad'

    02/01/2016 8:21:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/01/2016 | BY NICHOLAS BALLASY
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer argued that the best way to preserve American values is to be aware of what's going on abroad because the solutions to America's major problems are partly international. Breyer explained that he was at a seminar with Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who argued against the Court referring to decisions of foreign courts in its opinions. He recalled telling Goodlatte there are many countries in Eastern Europe that have newly established courts, which help to produce protections of democracy and human rights, and sometimes they need some recognition. Breyer...
  • SCOTUS Justice Breyer likes to rely on the laws of other countries

    09/15/2015 3:11:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This isn’t too disturbing. Nope. Not at all. Everything is just fine here, folks.Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has a new book out in which he shares some of his many philosophical observations about law and the court. In it, as the latest issue of Time reveals, he concludes that there’s clearly nothing wrong with American courts – including SCOTUS – considering the laws and judicial rulings of other nations. Stop laughing and pointing. I’m serious. Should the Supreme Court care that other countries have abolished the death penalty?That looming question animates Justice Stephen Breyer’s “The Court and the...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right to Call for Retention Elections for the Supreme Court

    07/04/2015 9:18:13 AM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/4/15 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Within the space of just 48 hours, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the president is above the law; that straightforward statutory words may be twisted to mean the opposite of what they say; that discrimination heretofore, the textbook example of a willful act can be committed unconsciously, thereby supplanting our constitutional foundation of equal opportunity for all with the totalitarians dream of guaranteed outcomes for favored factions; and that five politically unaccountable lawyers, by dint of being issued robes, may impose their vision of the good society on 320 million Americans, reimagining our most basic institutions,...
  • ICE Released 2,837 Convicted Alien Sex Offenders to Comply With Supreme Court Ruling

    09/13/2013 8:53:32 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 13, 2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    ( Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released 2,837 convicted criminal alien sex offenders back into American communities in order to comply with a Supreme Court decision authored by Clinton-appointed Justice Stephen Breyer, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The 2,837 sex offenders represented five percent of the 59,347 deportable aliens released since last September under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the GAO report, which was released Thursday. There are circumstances in which criminal aliens who have been ordered removed from the United States including those convicted...
  • Justice Breyer robbed by machete-wielding intruder at West Indies vacation home

    02/13/2012 1:53:47 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 13, 2012 | unattributed
    A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies. *** Arberg said the intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt.
  • Prof to Justices Ginsburg & Breyer: Retire Now Before You Drop Dead During Republican Administration

    04/28/2011 9:59:45 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 28, 2011 | P.J. Gladnick
    Didn't Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy get the word? Barack Obama's re-election is all but guaranteed if you believe the liberal mainstream media. Just today the CNBC head of news reported the belief that Obama's re-election would be guaranteed by the actions of the Fed. So why the concern about the health of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer? Could it be that Randall doesn't quite (GASP!) believe in the political invincibility of the Lightworker? Apparently such "heretical" thoughts must have occurred to Professor Kennedy judging by his New Republic article in which he urges the two...
  • Justice Breyers remarks on guns revisionist thinking

    12/16/2010 10:07:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies
    Bowling Green Daily News (Ky) ^ | December 14, 2010 | Masthead Editorial
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is an ideologue, a judicial activist who rules by his own political and personal philosophy, rather than the rule of law and what our founding fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights more than 200 years ago. The left-leaning justice recently made remarks that further the suspicion that has been held for years - he doesnt rule in regard to the Constitution, but rather a far-left political philosophy. On Sunday, Breyer, a Bill Clinton appointee, said the founding fathers never intended guns to go unregulated. Breyer said history stands with the...
  • Breyer: Founding Fathers Would Have Allowed Restrictions on Guns

    12/12/2010 11:33:59 AM PST · by driftdiver · 217 replies · 1+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Dec 12, 2010 | Foxnews
    If you look at the values and the historical record, you will see that the Founding Fathers never intended guns to go unregulated, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer contended Sunday. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Breyer said history stands with the dissenters in the court's decision to overturn a Washington, D.C., handgun ban in the 2008 case "D.C. v. Heller." Breyer wrote the dissent and was joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He said historians would side with him in the case because they have concluded that Founding Father James Madison was more...
  • Stephen Breyer backtracks, now says Koran Burning may be Constitutional

    09/17/2010 7:50:46 PM PDT · by jdawg2010 · 39 replies ^ | 9/17/2010 | Joe Newby
    Appearing on CNN, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told Larry King that burning the Koran was protected speech. When asked if Pastor Jones of Florida had a right to burn the book, Breyer said, "Yeah, I said it depends on what analogy you use, but the most one analogous case is that there was you have the right to burn an American flag as a symbol." Earlier, Breyer told George Stephanopoulos that burning the Koran may not be protected by the First Amendment and compared it to yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater.
  • Justice Breyer Clarifies Earlier Remarks, Koran-Burning Is Constitutionally Protected After All

    09/17/2010 11:34:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 09/17/2010 | Eugene Volokh
    Josh Gerstein (Politico) has transcripts of Breyers Good Morning America remarks, which seemed to suggest that Koran-burning might be constitutionally unprotected, but also his more recent Larry King Live remarks, which pretty strongly suggest that Koran-burning is indeed constitutionally protected.To recap, the earlier remarks were ambiguous. Stephanopoulos asked whether globalization and the Internet, and the greater risk that expression in the U.S. may lead to killings overseas, should change the nature .. of what we can allow and protect. Breyer responded: Well in a sense, yes. In a sense, no.... [Y]ou can say, with the internet, you can say...
  • Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning

    09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 347 replies · 3+ views
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on "GMA" that he's not prepared to conclude that -- in the internet age -- the First Amendment condones Koran burning.Holmes said it doesnt mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater, Breyer...
  • Breyer: Obamacare faces Supreme Court review

    04/15/2010 11:53:35 AM PDT · by legalwatch · 44 replies · 2,215+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 4-15-09 | Chris Rizo
    Legal challenges to the national health care overhaul signed last month by President Barack Obama will be heard eventually by the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer predicted Thursday.
  • Scalia and Breyer Go At It Once Again

    03/24/2010 1:22:45 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 45 replies · 1,539+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 24, 2010 | Ashby Jones
    How is the U.S. constitution meant to be read by the judges who interpret it? As it was written and ratified back in the 1780s? Or are its words and phrases meant to change along with a societys customs, mores and viewpoints? Its a debate thats roiled the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court for years; a divide currently embodied in Justices Antonin Scalia and Justice Stephen Breyer (pictured). Scalias an unapologetic originalist, while Breyer, author of a book called Active Liberty, tends to push for a more expansive reading of the Great Document. On Tuesday, the duo talked about...
  • Who Is Harold Koh?

    03/31/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,819+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2009
    Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here.We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened. In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were 17...
  • Dickerson on 'This Week': GOP Opposition To Obama Sup. Ct. Nominee Would Be 'Fake Fight'

    12/28/2008 9:55:49 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 1,342+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are "moderate" liberals. And Republican opposition to Obama Supreme Court nominees would constitute a "fake fight" demonstrating that the GOP remains mired in the culture wars. Such was the collective wisdom of two of the roundtable members on ABC's "This Week" today. Before moving to the substance, a word about the roundtable's lopsided composition, which resembled nothing more than Homecoming for public radio types. To "balance" David Brody of CBN, ABC chose Kurt Andersen of Public Radio International, Alison Stewart of NPR, and John Dickerson of Slate and . . . NPR. Andersen kicked...
  • Mr. (Justice) Breyer, Lobbyist

    08/04/2007 2:34:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies · 1,758+ views
    One must question whether Justice Breyer has violated the Code of Judicial Conduct by seeking congressional intervention to stop his colleagues from expressing their reasoned legal opinions with which he disagrees.
  • Harvard re-examines Dred Scott decision

    04/09/2007 7:08:03 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 136 replies · 1,990+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/08/07 | STEVE LeBLANC
    A century and a half after the Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott decision that no black slave or free could ever become a U.S. citizen, the case's legacy is still being debated. The fallout from the 1857 decision, which helped spark the Civil War, was the subject of a mock re-hearing of the case before a 10-member court led by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at Harvard Law School on Saturday. While the decision, issued by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, is almost universally seen as the moral low point of the court's history, participants in...
  • Breyer: Court Should Aid Minority Rights

    12/03/2006 1:04:49 PM PST · by wagglebee · 91 replies · 2,422+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/3/06 | NewsMax
    Justice Stephen G. Breyer says the Supreme Court must promote the political rights of minorities and look beyond the Constitution's text when necessary to ensure that "no one gets too powerful." Breyer, a Clinton appointee who has brokered many of the high court's 5-4 rulings, spoke in a televised interview that aired one day before justices hear a key case on race in schools. He said judges must consider the practical impact of a decision to ensure democratic participation. "We're the boundary patrol," Breyer said, reiterating themes in his 2005 book that argue in favor of race preferences in university...
  • Awkward Questions for Justice Breyer

    02/11/2006 1:09:47 PM PST · by jimbofree · 10 replies · 1,724+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2006 | James Chen
    Just this week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer paid a visit to his high school alma mater, Lowell High School in San Francisco. He took a tour of the schools campus, which moved in 1962 from downtown San Francisco to its present Sunset District location, and then spent an hour taking questions from the schools junior and senior classes. According to AP, Justice Breyer (Class of 1955) was treated like a rock star during his visit to the highly-selective schools campus. Besides the change in location, Lowell High School has in recent years undergone an immense transformation of its student...
  • Justice Breyer says Judicial activism not problem

    02/08/2006 6:15:30 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 29 replies · 1,065+ views
    CHICAGO - Stressing that "the role of a judge is to interpret the law and not legislate it," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told University of Chicago Law School students yesterday that they need not fear judicial activism by the current members of the Supreme Court. "Theres no reason to believe that judges are now more ready to overturn prior precedent," Breyer said while addressing several hundred students inside the universitys Glen A. Lloyd Auditorium. "All of the present judges basically agree that Congress, not judges, should decide policy," he said. The 67-year-old Breyer, an alumnus of Harvard Law...
  • Students ply Justice Breyer with questions, autograph requests (BARF)

    02/06/2006 4:50:51 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 11 replies · 529+ views
    The AP via The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 6, 2006 | Dan Goodin
    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...
  • Liberal Justice, Stephen Breyer, Shares Insight on Court's Future (Comments on Spying)

    02/01/2006 4:49:33 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 18 replies · 1,023+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 1, 2006 | Jay Weaver
    Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's tilt to the right, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer remained optimistic about the court's role in applying the Constitution to today's society.The U.S. Supreme Court is turning to the right -- or so it would seem with the Senate confirmation Tuesday of President Bush's latest conservative nominee, Samuel Alito. But liberal Justice Stephen Breyer says he remains upbeat about the court's future -- despite Alito's replacement of moderate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the recent confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice. ''Justice Byron White often said to me that with each new appointment, it's a...
  • Justice Breyer on "Active Liberty"

    12/14/2005 7:42:48 PM PST · by Otho · 18 replies · 942+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Dec. 14, 2005 | Representative Tom Feeney
    Give Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer his due. With the publication of his new book "Active Liberty," he enthusiastically embraces a mea culpa approach to allegations that Supreme Court justices invent, recreate, and expand constitutional principles as they please. Viewed as a response to Justice Antonin Scalia's "A Matter of Interpretation," Breyers book, openly advocates for the notion that U.S. constitutional law is whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices wishes...
  • Mystics of the Court: Stephen Breyers activism

    12/14/2005 12:06:28 PM PST · by stop_fascism · 19 replies · 1,090+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 14, 2005 | Rep. Tom Feeney
    Give Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer his due. With the publication of his new book Active Liberty, he enthusiastically embraces a mea culpa approach to allegations that Supreme Court justices invent, recreate, and expand constitutional principles as they please. Viewed as a response to Justice Antonin Scalia's A Matter of Interpretation, Breyers book, openly advocates for the notion that U.S. constitutional law is whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices wishes based upon their own notions of what "democracy" and fairness should produce. In other words, I and thousands of other attorneys wasted our time taking constitutional law since that...
  • Kennedy vs. Alito by Proxy (The Vanguard frenzy is much ado about nothing)

    11/15/2005 4:52:12 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 1,487+ views
    National Review ^ | November 15, 2005 | Edward Whelan
    A curious e-mail is making the rounds from Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy's communications director, Stephanie Cutter, attacking Judge Alito's response last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee's request for more information about Judge Alito's involvement in a case in Vanguard mutual funds was a party in name only. In Monga v. Ottenberg, a bankruptcy receiver sought to have a party's IRA assets (which included funds in a Vanguard account) made available to pay the bankrupt party's creditors. Vanguard was a party to the case because the bankrupt party sued it to prevent it from releasing his IRA funds to his...
  • Breyer's Big Idea: The Justices vision for a progressive revival on the Supreme Court.

    10/23/2005 7:52:28 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 41 replies · 1,445+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | Jeffrey Toobin
    In the weeks after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Bush v. Gore, on December 12, 2000, the mood was despondent in the chambers of the Justices on the losing side. The five-to-four ruling ended the recount of the Presidential vote in Florida and assured George W. Bushs victory in the election. The clerks were tremendously alienated, one recalled recently. A lot of them thought that the Court was a fraud, that the place had sacrificed its legitimacy, and that there really wasnt much point in taking the whole institution seriously anymore. Stephen G. Breyer was among the dissenting...
  • Conversation: Justice Breyer

    10/20/2005 11:05:37 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 10 replies · 656+ views ^ | 10/19/5
    JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG: Thank you for joining us today, Justice Breyer. Tell us why you decided to write this book. JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER: I wanted to write it because I've learned from really Chief Justice Rehnquist, Justice O'Connor, my predecessor Harry Blackmun that there's a tremendous desire for knowledge about the court and how do we actually decide cases? People want to know. It's not the CIA; there's not really a secret. And I wanted to try to help people understand that. And also, I think there's a misconception. I think that many people believe that we're deciding what's good...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Liberals Like Stephen Breyer Have Bastardized the Constitution

    10/12/2005 5:13:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 1,592+ views ^ | 10/12/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Good old Justice Stephen Breyer is continuing to speak. We have some sound bites from him. He was speaking Monday in Washington at a symposium on public service and international law. Now, Breyer is a known commodity. He was a liberal when he was nominated; he was a liberal when he was confirmed, and he's a liberal on the court, and the liberals didn't have to be stealth about him, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg? She was a liberal when she's nominated, and she is a liberal on the court, and they didn't have to be stealth about her and...
  • Justice Breyer: U. S. Constitution should be subordinated to international will

    07/07/2003 7:00:07 AM PDT · by mrobison · 579 replies · 10,079+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 7, 2003
    LAW OF THE LAND Justice: Can Constitution make it in global age? On TV, Breyer wonders whether it will 'fit into governing documents of other nations' Posted: July 7, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern 2003 In a rare appearance on a television news show, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer questioned whether the U.S. Constitution, the oldest governing document in use in the world today, will continue to be relevant in an age of globalism. Speaking with ABC News' "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos and his colleague Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Breyer took issue with Justice Antonin Scalia, who,...
  • From Hegel to Wilson to Breyer (Liberal constitutional theory returns to its foreign roots)

    09/20/2005 4:24:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 791+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 20, 2005 | Paul Mirengoff & Scott Johnson
    GEORG HEGEL was a German philosopher of the early 19th century. Hegel believed that history unfolds through a "dialectical" process, in which each stage is the product of the contradictions inherent in the ideas that defined the preceding one. Within these tensions and contradictions, Hegel believed, the philosopher can discern a comprehensive, evolving, rational unity. He called that unity "the absolute idea." History consists of an inevitable and progressive march to that idea.Until recently it appeared that Marxism (which borrowed Hegel's dialectic but replaced "ideas" with economic systems and classes--hence "dialectical materialism") would represent Hegel's most enduring contribution to the...
  • Justice Breyer Takes 'Originalists' to Task In a New Book - 'Active Liberty' ('POS Alert')

    08/23/2005 5:26:48 AM PDT · by harpu · 21 replies · 1,074+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/23/05 | Jess Bravin
    What it is, is; "jurisprudential mysticism" and "more liberal BS"... "Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution" explains Justice Breyer's approach and applies it to some of the most divisive topics that come before the court. These include everything from freedom of speech and privacy rights to affirmative action and last June's Ten Commandments cases, which addressed the constitutionality of religious symbols on government property.
  • Effort to take Breyer's home moving ahead

    08/13/2005 2:32:19 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 19 replies · 744+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | August 12, 2005 | Joe Kovacs
    2005 Libertarian Party chief wants public to decide in March The effort to seize the vacation home of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is moving ahead toward the goal of a public vote in March. That according to John Babiarz, chairman of the New Hampshire's Libertarian Party, who appeared tonight on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" program. We have every intention of doing the proper petitioning and have the people of Plainfield make the decision," Babiarz said. "We're in the petition-gathering stage right now." Babiarz, a 2002 candidate for governor in the Granite State, stressed the...
  • Justice Breyer: 'Not all our decisions are right'

    08/11/2005 12:31:49 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 44 replies · 1,117+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 11, 2005 | Joe Kovacs
    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.
  • Justice Breyer takes a stand

    08/11/2005 3:13:30 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 1,176+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 8/10/05 | ABDON PALLASCH
    What's wrong with citing rulings by judges in other countries, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer asked attendees at the American Bar Association Convention in Chicago on Tuesday. Conservatives led by justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have criticized Breyer for backing up opinions with references to rulings from abroad, such as a 2002 Death Row case in which Breyer cited decisions by British and Canadian courts and the European Court of Human Rights. The Supreme Court ". . . should not impose foreign moods, fads or fashions on Americans," Justice Thomas wrote in response. But Breyer said Tuesday, "We're not...
  • Court Justice Worried About Criticism

    08/09/2005 8:57:47 PM PDT · by mrobison · 57 replies · 1,819+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 9, 2005 | GINA HOLLAND
    CHICAGO - Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday that rulings on difficult subjects like gay rights and the death penalty have left courts vulnerable to political attacks that are threatening judicial independence. ADVERTISEMENT Breyer urged lawyers to help educate people about court responsibility to be an independent decision-maker."If you say seven or eight or nine members of the Supreme Court feel there's a problem ... you're right," he told the American Bar Association. "It's this edge on a lot of issues."Sen. Lindsey Graham (news, bio, voting record), R-S.C., who was speaking with Breyer, said: "The politics of judges is...
  • Breyer: Attacks Threaten Court Independence

    08/09/2005 6:17:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,088+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/9/05 | AP
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday that rulings on difficult subjects like gay rights and the death penalty have left courts vulnerable to political attacks that are threatening judicial independence. Breyer urged lawyers to help educate people about court responsibility to be an independent decision-maker. "If you say seven or eight or nine members of the Supreme Court feel there's a problem ... you're right," he told the American Bar Association. "It's this edge on a lot of issues." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was speaking with Breyer, said: "The politics of judges is getting to be red hot."...
  • Supreme Court Justice Says He's Worried About Political Criticism

    08/09/2005 1:38:59 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 94 replies · 1,824+ views
    AP ^ | 8/9/05 | Gina Holland
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday that rulings on difficult subjects like gay rights and the death penalty have left courts vulnerable to political attacks that are threatening judicial independence. Breyer urged lawyers to help educate people about court responsibility to be an independent decision-maker. "If you say seven or eight or nine members of the Supreme Court feel there's a problem ... you're right," he told the American Bar Association. "It's this edge on a lot of issues." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was speaking with Breyer, said: "The politics of judges is getting to be red hot."...
  • Justice Breyer's Plainfield home eyed for 'Constitution Park'

    07/30/2005 11:55:25 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 35 replies · 1,669+ views
    Valley News ^ | July 28, 2005 | David Corriveau
    Justice Breyer's Plainfield Home Eyed for Constitution Park' By David Corriveau Valley News Staff Writer Plainfield -- If the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and its allies have their way, someday two stone monuments will stand on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer's Plainfield property. Short of that, the Libertarians hope to cause Breyer some discomfort for his vote last month on a controversial court decision freeing cities and towns to take land and turn it over to private developers. They are planning a petition drive asking Plainfield voters to take Breyer's 167-acre vacation retreat by eminent domain at...
  • LAND FIGHT HITS HOME FOR JUSTICE (Libertarians to seize USSC Breyer's vacation home for park)

    07/30/2005 5:52:24 AM PDT · by Liz · 47 replies · 2,263+ views
    NY POST ^ | July 30, 2005 | AP
    PLAINFIELD, N.H. Libertarians upset about a Supreme Court ruling on taking land have proposed seizing a justice's vacation home and turning it into a park. Signatures are being collected for a petition to ask the town to use Justice Stephen Breyer's 167-acre Plainfield, N.H., property to create a "Constitution Park" with stone monuments to commemorate the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions, said party Vice Chairman Mike Lorrey. ...........Lorrey told the Valley News. "This is a way of saying, 'You're going to be held to your own standard.' " Lorrey said the Libertarian petition would place the land-taking request before...
  • Libertarians Propose Taking Breyer's Land

    07/29/2005 12:23:48 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 25 replies · 2,978+ views
    AP ^ | 07/29/05 | ANNE SAUNDERS
    PLAINFIELD, N.H. - Libertarians upset about a Supreme Court ruling on land taking have proposed seizing a justice's vacation home and turning it into a park, echoing efforts aimed at another justice who lives in the state. Organizers are trying to collect enough signatures to go before the town next spring to ask to use Justice Stephen G. Breyer's 167-acre Plainfield property for a "Constitution Park" with stone monuments to commemorate the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions. "In the spirit of the ruling, we're recreating the same use of eminent domain," said John Babiarz, the Libertarian Party's state chairman. The...
  • Black-robed Robin Hoods - (picture Ruth Bader Ginsberg in snug green tights, for starters..WOW!)

    06/27/2005 10:45:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 27 replies · 1,369+ views
    Picture this: Ruth Bader Ginsberg wearing a snug, green outfit, complete with tights. Then picture four of her high-court compatriots, John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer doing the same. It's a tough visual, I admit, but given their property-rights ruling, we now know what those members of the U.S. Supreme Court must be wearing under their black robes. Think "jolly, old England" and the fellow in the green outfit who stole from the rich to give to the poor. He didn't do it alone. Robin Hood had his band of merry men to help. It wasn't...
  • What Happened to "We the People"? (Foreign law as precedent for American courts)

    03/18/2005 9:54:26 AM PST · by quidnunc · 20 replies · 747+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | March 18, 2005 | Alex Runner
    Earlier this year, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer faced off for a friendly debate at American University's Washington College of Law. Both justices evinced a warm admiration for each other as individuals, but there was no question about their strong disagreement over the topic at hand: the Constitutional relevance of foreign court decisions. Their discussion provided a rare glimpse into the dueling philosophies brought to the fore by the recent Roper vs. Simmons case, which ruled that minors cannot face the death penalty. "You talk about [how] it's nice to know that we're on the right...
  • Full written transcript of Scalia-Breyer debate on foreign law

    02/27/2005 5:44:50 PM PST · by paltz · 11 replies · 18,723+ views
    American University ^ | Jan. 13, 2005

    02/18/2005 12:57:28 PM PST · by freeholland · 13 replies · 687+ views
    A few weeks ago I was watching a program on C-Span pertaining to the impact of foreign court opinions upon the U.S. justice system. The primary participants in the discussion were Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer, and the event took place at the American University Law School in Washington D.C. rtsp:// The debate revolved around questions asked by a moderator named Professor Norman Dorsen, and the first multi-part question asked was, "When we talk about the use of foreign court decisions in U.S. Constitutional cases, what body of foreign law are we talking about? Are we limiting...
  • 'Gay' marriage justice tied to N.Y. Times: Wed to Lewis, paper's affiliate pushed for appointment

    11/19/2003 4:38:39 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 300+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2003
    'Gay' marriage justice tied to N.Y. TimesWed to Anthony Lewis, paper's affiliate pushed for her appointment Posted: November 19, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern The Massachusetts chief justice who voted with the majority yesterday in a 4-3 ruling that could establish homosexual marriage in the state is married to a former prominent columnist for the New York Times. Margaret Marshall, a native of South Africa, is married to recently retired columnist Anthony Lewis. One of Marshall's chief nemeses, J. Edward Pawlick, attorney for Massachusetts Citizens for Marriage, sees the marriage as a politically beneficial alliance with the Sulzberger family, who consider...
  • Breyer says US could learn from Israel

    09/18/2003 1:23:58 AM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/12/03 | The Associated Press Says U.S. Could Learn From Israel ANNE GEARAN Associated Press NEW YORK - The United States could learn from compromises Israeli courts have struck to balance terrorism and human rights concerns, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Friday. Israeli judges have adopted what Breyer called "intermediate solutions" that acknowledge the security risks the country faces, the justice told an audience at Columbia Law School. "There are many solutions that ... solve nothing to everyone's satisfaction but are not quite as restrictive of human rights as an extreme solution, nor as dangerous as some other extremes," Breyer said. He...