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Breyer: Court’s no ‘junior varsity Congress’

Justice Stephen G. Breyer knows many people think of the Supreme Court as a “junior varsity Congress,” but that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind, he said.

In a lecture yesterday at Boston University School of Law (DC Dicta’s alma mater, by the way), according to BU Today Breyer said the Founding Fathers, to place a check on the president’s broad executive power, created congressional lawmakers who “are very safe to rely on when something’s popular,” and judges who “do not have the power of the purse, and they do not have the power of the sword. Wonderful.”

Besides, Breyer said according to the AP:  “judges make terrible politicians.”

See the video of Breyer’s lecture here on BU’s website.

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