The advantages? Exercise, no parking problems, gas prices, it's fun. An automobile is expensive. You have to find a place to park and it's not fun. So why not ride a bicycle? I recommend it.

— Stephen Breyer

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To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration of justice and protection of liberty.

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This understanding, underlying constitutional interpretation since the New Deal, reflects the Constitution's demands for structural flexibility sufficient to adapt substantive laws and institutions to rapidly changing social, economic, and technological conditions.

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And the problem is once you get into this campaign business and begin to have a lot of money, then the person on the bench begins to think - what's going to happen if I decide the case this way or that way?

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Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants.

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It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.

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I mean, there are lots of people who get married who can't have children.

To take a state that does allow adoption and say-there, what is the justification for saying no gay marriage? Certainly not the one you said, is it?

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We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.

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You can have many different selection systems, but the bottom line has to be a system that, once the judge takes office that judge will feel that he or she is to decide the case without reference to the popular thing or the popular will of the moment.

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Nobody wants a judge to be subject to the political whim of the moment.

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Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.

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I think it shows that if you have one group of people doing it, you'll get another group of people doing it.

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I thought that that was an effort to inject a popular element, a democratic element into the selection of a person who, once he is selected and confirmed, is beyond electoral control.

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About Stephen Breyer

Quotes 28 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Judge
Birthday August 15, 1938

Judges are appointed often through the political process.

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There are loads of countries that have nice written constitutions like ours.

But there aren't loads of countries where they're followed.

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It's important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty.

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We can speak about the institution, but ultimately the bar is the group that both is in touch with the public on the one hand and understands the judicial institution on the other.

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But once the person is selected, at that point that person is independent.

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I mean those people who are interested in good government will certainly contribute in order to make certain there's some counter-balance to those whose interests in good government is less.

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And in that confirmation process, I sat for 17 hours in front of a senate judiciary committee.

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People have to be educated and they have to stick to it.

If people lose that respect, an awful lot is lost.

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Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.

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I think whether you are a judge on my court or whether you are a judge on a court of appeals or any court, and lawyers too - and if you're interested in law yourself, you'll be in the same situation - you have a text that isn't clear. If the text is clear, you follow the text. If the text isn't clear, you have to work out what it means. And that requires context.

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The best clue to what a person thinks is what he says.

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Well, just that there would be somebody in the office and the voters - it was more or less an understanding in the entire community, as long as that person was doing a good job on the merits, nobody was going to run against him.

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Ultimately, the question of campaign contributions will be decided by the public.

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At least there's a political input, but when you put on the robe, at that point the politics is over.

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You will read in the newspaper more often about federal courts, but the law that affects people, the trials that affect human beings are by and large in the state courts.

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