Saturday, September 22, 2007

Have no fear, Breyer is here

This morning my mom and I were discussing Jeffrey Toobin's new book "The Nine" which is about the "Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" (subtitles are so helpful, aren't they?). It got me thinking about the different personalities on the Supreme Court, particularly how much I enjoyed reading Justice Stephen Breyer's opinions and dissents while I was in law school.

In 2005 Breyer wrote a book called "Active Liberty," where he lays out his views on constitutional interpretation, argues that "strict constructionism" often ends up thwarting democratic tradition, and elaborates on his opinions about some controversial cases that had recently come before the Supreme Court. While promoting his book, he went on Fresh Air. You can listen to the interview here.

In other words, if you're feeling blue about the Supreme Court these days, remember that there are still some great justices on it, even if they are the minority voice at the moment.

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