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Breyer: Court isn't '9 junior varsity politicians'

By Jessica Gresko
Associated Press Writer / September 13, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer rejected what he called the public perception that the high court is made up of "nine junior varsity politicians."

Breyer, during a talk at the National Archives, said that is the biggest obstacle to understanding the high court.

"More and more people think that what's important to us is political and that this is nine junior varsity politicians. That's what they think," Breyer said.

"That isn't what goes on," said Breyer, who was nominated to the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

Breyer was speaking about his new book, "Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View." He said the book is designed to help the public understand how the court works and how he believes the court should work with other branches of government.