Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in his first television interview since will retire from the bench in Juneregretted the court’s overturning of Roe v. Wadeand said he is “very, very, very sorry” about it.
Driving the news: “Was I happy about it? Not for a moment. Did I do everything I could to persuade people? Of course, of course,” Breyer told CNN’s Chris Wallace of the court’s Dobbs decision.
- “But there we are, and now we continue. We try to work together,” he said.
- Breyer, recalling his position in the court’s liberal minority bloc as a “very frustrating” place to be in, also condemned leak of the draft opinion as “very harmful”.
- “It was very damaging because that kind of thing just doesn’t happen. It just doesn’t happen. And there we are,” he said.
The big picture: Breyer also warned judges against “writing [opinions] too stiff.”
- “You start writing too rigidly, and you’re going to see the world come around and bite you in the back,” Breyer said.
- “Because you want to find something you see just doesn’t work at all. And the Supreme Court, a little different from others, has this kind of problem in spades.”
What to see: His statements come just days before the Supreme Court is due to begin its next term.