Stephen G. Breyer

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He is legally blind. His speech is slurred. He cannot walk independently. He is incontinent. His disability leaves him without a memory of his commission of a capital offense.feedback
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Nov 06 2017
Stephen G. Breyer has most recently been quoted in an article called Justices Allow Execution of Inmate Who Cannot Recall His Crime. Stephen G. Breyer said, “Rather than develop a constitutional jurisprudence that focuses upon the special circumstances of the aged, however, I believe it would be wiser to reconsider the root cause of the problem – the constitutionality of the death penalty itself.”. Stephen G. Breyer has been quoted a grand total of 36 times in 32 articles.
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Jun 19 2017

If you are cold, put on a sweater, perhaps an overcoat, and maybe even turn up the heat. But don't set fire to the house.feedback

Jun 19 2017

In such circumstances, courts have more time to exercise such judicial virtues as calm reflection and dispassionate application of the law to the facts. We have applied the Constitution to actions taken during periods of war and national-security emergency.feedback

Jun 19 2017

We have read about the Alien and Sedition Acts, the thousands of civilians imprisoned during the Civil War, and the suppression of civil liberties during World War I.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Human Rights

The values you are talking about are very widespread across the world. Interest in democracy, human rights and so forth and rule of law.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - SCOTUS

It was wrong in my opinion, OK, but people followed it. They did not go out and throw stones or shoot other people.feedback

May 06 2017

Why now? The apparent reason has nothing to do with the heinousness of their crimes or with the presence (or absence) of mitigating behavior. It has nothing to do with their mental state. It has nothing to do with the need for speedy punishment. Four have been on death row for over 20 years. All have been housed in solitary confinement for at least 10 years. Apparently the reason the state decided to proceed with these eight executions is that the 'use by' date of the state's execution drug is about to expire.feedback

May 06 2017

A death penalty system that seeks procedural fairness and reliability brings with it delays that severely aggravate the cruelty of capital punishment and significantly undermine the rationale for imposing a sentence of death in the first place.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Immigration

It's, to me, rather surprising that the government of the United States thinks that Congress is interpreting this statute and wanted it interpreted in a way that would throw into doubt the citizenship of vast percentages of all naturalized citizens.feedback

Apr 21 2017

I have previously noted the arbitrariness with which executions are carried out in this country. And I have pointed out how the arbitrary nature of the death penalty system, as presently administered, runs contrary to the very purpose of a 'rule of law.' The cases now before us reinforce that point.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - SCOTUS

Apparently the reason the state decided to proceed with these eight executions is that the 'use by' date of the state's execution drug is about to expire...In my view, that factor, when considered as a determining factor separating those who live from those who die, is close to random.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I don't know whether that's good, bad, or indifferent.feedback

Jan 17 2017

I thought the point of the bankruptcy code was to have bankruptcy matters decided in a bankruptcy court.feedback

Nov 30 2016

How can they be punished for four more years?feedback

Nov 02 2016 - Venezuela

He "can't get my hands around this case, or my mind around it.feedback

Oct 31 2016

The clothes on the hanger do nothing. The clothes on the woman do everything.feedback

Oct 05 2016

It seems to me it proves the arbitrariness of what is going on.feedback

Jun 28 2016 - Abortion

The Texas requirements provided few, if any, health benefits for women, while placing "an undue burden" on their constitutional right to seek an abortion.feedback

Jun 27 2016 - Abortion

Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution". Deferring to state legislatures over "questions of medical uncertainty is also inconsistent with this court's case law.feedback

Jun 07 2016

Rather than try to patch up the death penalty's legal wounds one at a time, I would ask for full briefing on a more basic question: whether the death penalty violates the Constitution.feedback

Apr 20 2016

If you're taking them to the police station anyway to do the breath test, and it just requires a phone call to get the warrant, what's the problem?feedback

Apr 18 2016

And before you know it, power will be transferred from the president and the Congress, where power belongs, to a group of unelected judges.feedback

Mar 22 2016

I can't say that an airplane means a horse.feedback

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