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Stephen Breyer worries about Supreme Court's public standing in current political era

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Justice Stephen Breyer, who may be nearing the end of his Supreme Court tenure, expressed concern on Tuesday about the standing of the high court and the possible erosion of public confidence in its decisions.

(CNN)Justice Stephen Breyer, who may be nearing the end of his Supreme Court tenure, expressed concern on Tuesday about the standing of the high court and the possible erosion of public confidence in its decisions.

In an expansive, two-hour lecture at Harvard Law School, Breyer bemoaned the common practice -- by journalists, senators and others -- of referring to justices by the presidents who appointed them and of describing the nine by their conservative or liberal approach to the law.

"The public now expects presidents to accept decisions of the court, including those that are politically controversial," he said.

Breyer is one of the three liberals, yet he emphasized on Tuesday he believes his differences with colleagues are jurisprudential, rather than based on ideology or politics.

Breyer said in his speech that decades earlier such political references would not have been part of news coverage.

In his nearly 27 years of service on the high court, Breyer has tried to bridge relations with conservatives, saying he abhors dissents and considers them a "failure. "

Breyer did allow that sometimes justices weigh public opinion or the future ramifications of a decision.

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