“Personalmente, I’m very glad that he did ask questions and I imagine will continue to do so. And he’s had plenty of chances to do that — he doesn’t like to interrupt other people,” he said of Thomas, one of the court’s most conservative members.
Other changes have come to the court, pure, Breyer said, with the 83-year-old jurist revealing that the members on Monday rubbed had elbows before starting oral arguments and entering their private conference — a departure from their longstanding tradition of shaking hands with one another before starting their duties.
“We’re rubbing elbows,” Egli ha detto, smiling as he rotated his elbow in midair.
The justice also said that he and his eight colleagues are receiving regular coronavirus tests
, something that proved effective last week
, when the court said Justice Brett Kavanaugh
— despite being vaccinated
— aveva tested positive for the virus.
But the justices on Monday continued their other tradition of having lunch together, Breyer said, adding that they avoid discussing politics during their meal and instead opine about other things, like the Washington football team.
Hecklers demand Breyer’s retirement
, who has been facing calls for his retirement since President Joe Biden was sworn into office and Democrats gained a slim majority in the Senate
, was hounded with those very calls on Monday
, when hecklers twice interrupted the interview with signs urging the justice to quit
“That’s their point of view. I’ve said pretty much what I’ve had to say. There are a lot of considerations and I don’t want to add to what I’ve had to say tonight,” Egli ha detto.
“I’ve also said that I hope I don’t die on the Supreme Court, and there we are,” Breyer said.