Steven Breyer (82) has served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme court since 1994, after being nominated by then-President Bill Clinton. In his 2005 book Active Liberty, Breyer argued that the judiciary should seek to resolve issues in a manner that encourages popular participation in governmental decisions. Reportedly, he is being urged to step down due to his age, so a younger liberal justice can take his place.
Quotes: “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.” | “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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