He “takes an evidence-driven approach. He wants to understand how the world works and how the law operates given the realities on the ground,” said Brianne Gorod, counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center and former law clerk for Breyer.
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"Like Justice Scalia, Jutice Sotomayor has the ability to take on her colleagues on the court when she thinks they are wrong, while at the same time speaking to the public at large in colorful, evocative, often fiery language," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center.
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra spoke with CNN's Pamela Brown about the Supreme Court's ruling in the landmark reproductive rights case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
The labor union case was one in which the tied vote kept the status quo in place, with an outcome Wydra favored. But she said she still thought it was wrong that major policy has been decided “with a single-sentence affirmance” of a lower-court decision rather than a reasoned opinion of the Supreme Court. The failure to reach an agreement on Obama’s immigration plan, which aimed to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States, meant that a national policy was blocked by a district judge and a 2-to-1 vote of an appeals court panel, Wydra noted.
"However you feel about the merits of a particular case, you should want the court to be able to do its job and declare what the law is, especially in cases of such profound national importance," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.