Stephen Breyer

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Stephen Gerald Breyer (born August 15, 1938) is a Jewish American attorney and an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed in 1994 by President William Jefferson Clinton. Breyer is seen as the intellectual leader of the left-wing faction of the Court.

Like fellow traveler Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Breyer sided with the majority in the 2005 case, Roper v. Simmons and is an advocate of the controversial position that the Supreme Court should look to international precedent when interpreting United States law.[1] Conservative critics find this alarming because the Court's power derives from and should, therefore, be restricted to the Constitution and case law from its constituent polities.


  1. see Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005).

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