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Justices Scalia and Breyer Testify in the U.S. Senate

Posted: October 6, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized

United States Supreme Court associate justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia, who often occupy opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of judicial philosophy, appeared yesterday to testify before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate. The subjects on which they testified were wide ranging, and their answers were spontaneous. A webcast of the hearing may be accessed via the website of the United States Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary. In terms of the nine justices’ diverging views on the Constitution, Justice Breyer testified, “This is a very big country. We have 309 million people, 308 million of whom, to everyone’s surprise, are not lawyers.” “And they have many different views. And it’s a good thing, not a bad thing, that people’s outlook on that court is not always the same.” Justice Scalia similarly spoke in favor of conflicting views: “Learn to love the separation of powers, which means learning to love the gridlock, which the framers believed would be the main protection of minorities.” “Americans should appreciate that, and they should learn to love the gridlock. It’s there for a reason.”

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