July 21, 2005
Re "Bush Leans Right in Court Pick," July 20 It didn't take long for the usual "hate groups" to come out against the Supreme Court nomination of a relatively moderate conservative, John G. Roberts Jr. The question now is, will Democratic senators show civility like the Republican senators did with the nominations of the far-left choices of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, or will they fight his nomination with the partisan ugliness they...
September 22, 2003 |
Mandatory minimum sentences passed by Congress are "bad policy" because they are unfair in some cases, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said. Breyer, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in the 1980s, said there must be flexibility for exceptional cases. In a speech to about 550 people in Boston, Breyer said Congress had passed statutes with "no room for flexibility on the downside."
December 13, 2000
Justice Breyer, with whom Justice Stevens and Justice Ginsburg join except as to Part I-A-1, and with whom Justice Souter joins as to Part I, dissenting. * The court was wrong to take this case. It was wrong to grant a stay. It should now vacate that stay and permit the Florida Supreme Court to decide whether the recount should resume. I The political implications of this case for the country are momentous. But the federal legal questions presented, with one exception, are insubstantial.
February 21, 1996 |
The two former Los Angeles police officers who are trying to avoid more prison time for the beating of motorist Rodney G. King found an unlikely ally Tuesday at the Supreme Court in Justice Stephen G. Breyer, a moderate-liberal appointed by President Clinton. Breyer, joined by several justices, commented during the oral argument of the case that trial judges should have flexibility to set the proper sentence, especially in unusual cases.
June 28, 1995 |
The Supreme Court term that is expected to end Thursday has seen the emergence of new personalities on the bench and the transformation of a few veterans. Here is a look at some key figures during the '94-95 term. Professor Breyer: The newest member of the court, Stephen G. Breyer, hardly acted like the quiet rookie. From his first day, Breyer beamed with confidence. He often took it upon himself to summarize an hourlong argument, sounding as though no one at that moment had it quite right.
August 13, 1994 |
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer pledged Friday to work to enhance the public's trust in the nation's justice system "for it is the very foundation of the rule of law." Breyer, guest of honor at a White House ceremony, repeated the constitutional oath he took at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's vacation cottage Aug. 3--the day Breyer officially became a justice.