Breyer says contentious Supreme Court cases show strength of rule of law in US

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer [OYEZ profile] told the American Bar Association [profession website] annual meeting Saturday that he was unhappy with the outcomes of several key Supreme Court cases last term, but said that he still has a strong belief in the rule of law [recorded video]. In his speech, Breyer said: "I'm not going to be in the majority all the time. How I wish I were, but that's the system. That's called the rule of law." Breyer, along with three other justices, dissented in abortion rights, school integration and pay discrimination [JURIST reports] cases.

In the consolidated school integration cases of Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education and Parents Involved v. Seattle School District [Duke Law case backgrounders], the Court struck down public school consideration of race [JURIST report] when assigning students to public schools. In that case, Breyer wrote the longest dissent [text] he has written in the 13 years he has been on the court. AP has more.



 

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