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Stephen Breyer Quotes

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 least there's a political input, but when you put on the robe, at that point the politics is over.

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.

I thought that that was an effort to inject a popular element, a democratic element into the selection of a person who, once he is selected and confirmed, is beyond electoral control.

Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.

Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.

It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.

It's important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty.

Judges are appointed often through the political process.

Nobody wants a judge to be subject to the political whim of the moment.

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.