“I’m very, very, very sorry” Roe was overthrown

Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, in his first televised interview since he retired from the bench in June, lamented the court reversal of Roe v. Wade, saying he was “very, very, very much” regrets.

Send the news: “Was I happy with it? Not a moment. Have I done everything I can to convince people? Of course, of course,” Breyer told CNN’s Chris Wallace of the Dobbs court decision.

  • “But there we are and now we’re moving on. We’re trying to work together,” he said.
  • Breyer, who recalled his position in the court’s minority liberal bloc as a “very frustrating” place to be in, also condemned the leak of the draft opinion as “very damaging”.
  • “It was very damaging because things like that just don’t happen. It just doesn’t happen. And here we are,” he said.

The big picture: Breyer also warned judges against “writing” [opinions] too rigid.”

  • “You start writing too rigidly and you’ll see, the world will come around and bite you in the back,” Breyer said.
  • “Because you’ll see that something you see just doesn’t work at all. And the Supreme Court, slightly different from others, has such a problem in spades.”

What to watch: His comments come days before the Supreme Court begins its next term in office.

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