Stephen Breyer Quotes


28 Stephen Breyer quotes:



"Virginia is now pursuing an execution schedule that leaves less time for argument and for court consideration than the court's rules provide for ordinary cases."
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"And if a judge is going to be criticized for letting off a person and it turns out that person was innocent, that would be a pretty bad criticism."
"And in that confirmation process, I sat for 17 hours in front of a senate judiciary committee."
"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?"
"At the same time, we do live in a democracy. And for that reason I think it is appropriate to have some element of public control."
"But once the person is selected, at that point that person is independent."
"Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants."
"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."
"I think it shows that if you have one group of people doing it, you'll get another group of people doing it."
"Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want."
"Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts."
"It's important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty."
"Once you're in a system where there are contributions being made, it's certainly not the case that everybody expects something back."
"People have to be educated and they have to stick to it. If people lose that respect, an awful lot is lost."
"There are loads of countries that have nice written constitutions like ours. But there aren't loads of countries where they're followed."
"To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration of justice and protection of liberty."
"Ultimately, the question of campaign contributions will be decided by the public."
"We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges."
"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."
"We developed a system of protecting human liberty such that judges and independent judges are a necessary part of that protection."



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