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Liberal refresh: How Justice Jackson's style contrasts with Breyer's 'idiosyncratic' legacy
by Kaelan Deese, Supreme Court Reporter |
October 10, 2022 04:00 AM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's "idiosyncratic" style of questioning contrasts greatly with his successor, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, according to legal experts who say she follows a line of more insistent and direct inquiry.

Breyer, a Clinton appointee who is well-known for his whimsical hypotheticals, "kind of keyed up these long questions that were idiosyncratic and didn't really relate to what the other justices were talking about necessarily, or if they did, they kind of were so long — they were so wind[ing] — that they kind of lost their tie-ins to the other justices," according to Adam Feldman, founder of the Supreme Court blog Empirical SCOTUS and principal for the data consulting firm Optimized Legal.

After Jackson's first four oral argument hearings this week, Feldman told the Washington Examiner that Jackson differs from her predecessor in that she "was very tuned into the talking points of these cases, in a similar manner" as Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, the two other Democratic-appointed justices on the 6-3 court.

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