Bank of America sues the Labor Department over its finding of racial discrimination in job-hiring. Justice Stephen Breyer dismisses the notion that the justices could be hampered without a ninth colleague. And the Supreme Court reverses a death sentence in Georgia for race-based juror selection. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.
Justice Stephen Breyer may be the only current member of the Supreme Court to have argued that the inevitably long delays death row prisoners suffer before execution is a significant factor leading to the unconstitutionality of the death penalty but his persistence in arguing for this position has provoked passionate rejoinders. Show More Summary
The U.S. Supreme Court, over a dissent from Justice Stephen Breyer, turned down a challenge to California's death penalty system from an Orange County murderer who said that waiting decades on death row results in "psychologically inhumane stress." His appeal pointed to what it called the state's...
The Supreme Court’s “fundamental” concerns with the government’s case against the former Virginia governor have “nothing to do with" him, said Justice Stephen Breyer.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, brother of Justice Stephen Breyer, one time aspired to be an actor. A federal appeals court revives a Virginia transgender teen's case challenging a school's bathroom policy. And a Washington judge hears arguments in the FTC's antitrust case against the Staples-Office Depot merger. Show More Summary
UP: “Donald Trump is a con artist” DOWN: “Donald Trump is invincible” UP: Principled conservatives who will never vote for Trump DOWN: Future of GOP is Trump is the nominee UP: Justice Stephen Breyer’s eight-is-enough statement DOWN: Refusing to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat as a key campaign issue UP: Drumbeat for Trump to release his […]
Justice Antonin Scalia "was the most frequent traveler, to spots around the globe, on trips paid for by private sponsors," according to the NYT. Justice Stephen Breyer: "We'll do our work" in the absence of Scalia. Apple Inc. fires back at the feds over the government's push to access data on locked iPhones. Show More Summary
At The New Criterion, I review Justice Stephen Breyer’s latest, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities. A sampling: How to explain the difference between progressive pretensions to “activate” liberty—i.e.,...Show More Summary
The biggest divide among U.S. Supreme Court justices isn’t exactly a political one, Justice Stephen Breyer said Thursday. Rather, he said, it's more the way the justices take the consequences of their rulings into account.
Reflections on 2015: U.S. Supreme Court, Big Law, Judicial Misconduct, Congress. Also: Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit looks back at his career. And Justice Stephen Breyer, in a rare Sunday TV appearance, talks shop. This is a roundup from NLJ and other publications.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer also said he can’t give his opinion publicly on political matters like what he thinks of Donald Trump. “I’m not even going to answer the question of whether I talk to my wife about it, and that isn’t because there isn’t an answer,” he added. Breyer also refused to [...]
Earlier this year, a Supreme Court justice took action in a case where he had an unintended conflict of interest. Actually, that happened twice this year. One of the incidents involved Justice Stephen Breyer, and you might have heard...Show More Summary
One of the staples of Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show is the impressive array of conversations he has with non-Hollywood guests like Justice Stephen Breyer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and mathematician Eugenia Chang. So when...Show More Summary
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has referenced Dr. Seuss to get her point across during oral arguments. Justice Stephen Breyer on Monday drew an analogy to his grandson making excuses to avoid doing homework. Rhetorical devices take all kinds of forms on the bench. Show More Summary
Under federal law, a Supreme Court justice must recuse from a case when he or his spouse have a "financial interest" in it. Justice Stephen Breyer didn't know his wife held stock in a company with a stake in a big energy case the court heard on Wednesday, and apparently neither did she. Show More Summary
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait. Photo by REUTERS/Larry Downing WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had a conflict of interest under federal law when he heard arguments in a caseShow More Summary
Justice Stephen Breyer had an apparent stock conflict in this week’s energy case at the Supreme Court. Dennis Hastert will plead guilty. The feds take on the Sidley Austin team representing Jill Kelley in her privacy suit tied to the David Petraeus scandal. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.
Everyone at the Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed to agree that it's a good idea to reduce electricity demand at peak periods. It was what Justice Stephen Breyer called the problem of "Aug. 4 at 4 p.m." when air conditioners are running hard. But the justices appear divided over how best to deal...
IN JUNE, Justice Stephen Breyer called the entire American system of capital punishment into question. Rather than “try[ing] to patch up the death penalty’s legal wounds one at a time”, he wrote, what is needed is a “full briefing on...Show More Summary
Justice Stephen Breyer’s new book thoughtfully discusses how the Court should reconcile foreign and domestic legal issues. But it may be too little too late.