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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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"a hallmark of American justice in the last 30 years."
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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 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?"
"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."
"It's important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It's hard,"
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"Remember, 100 or 150 years ago, you could walk down the street, your neighbors might see you, they'd watch what you do,"
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"And in that confirmation process, I sat for 17 hours in front of a senate judiciary committee."
"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."
"Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want."
"Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts."

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