Monday, May 24, 2021

"He loves his job."

 That was Judge Chuck Breyer (N.D. Cal.) about his brother, Justice Stephen Breyer.  Per Bloomberg:

U.S. Judge Charles Breyer won’t say whether his older brother Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire.
“I think we’ll find out at some point,” the California trial court judge said with a laugh when asked by Bloomberg Law about his brother’s plans. “I will tell you one thing: He loves his job.”
Justice Breyer, 82, has come under intense pressure from Democrats to retire this term and make way for President Joe Biden to name his successor. There was some speculation that Breyer’s announcement might come before the end of the term, but his decision to hire a full slate of clerks, as reported by legal blogger David Lat, diminished some liberals’ hopes.
Judge Breyer, who is three years his brother’s junior, has already switched to part-time work as a semi-retired judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He was appointed to the court in 1997 by Bill Clinton and took senior status in 2011, which allows a judge to vacate their seat and take on a lower number of cases.

Judge Breyer is really fantastic.  He is part of an upcoming mini-season for my podcast, For the Defense, on judging.  We'll also have Judges Pryor and Rosenbaum, following up on the reception of the Jed Rakoff episode.  I'm pretty excited about it. 


Anonymous said...

The wildest Trumpian scenario going on right now is the AZ recount resulting in MarkKelly losing his seat and along with it the Senate Majority.

Justice Breyer is playing with fire.

Anonymous said...

Excited to hear an episode with Judge Rosenbaum!