While speaking at the ABA‘s annual meeting in San Francisco, Justice Breyer admitted that the past year for him–after having been forced into the minority on the bulk of the Court’s major opinions last term–made for “a difficult year.”

Justice Breyer

Justice Breyer elaborated that he “was in dissent quite a lot, and I wasn’t happy.” However, he did relate that he was still proud of the system as it is, and is thankful that the Court’s October 2006 term proved again that disputes in this nation are settled “in the courts, not in the streets.”

Of course, the conservative lament regarding Justice Breyer is that we believe many issues he thinks should be settled by the Courts are better left to the People via thier elected legislative representatives.

Update: Happy 69th Birthday to Justice Breyer today.

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