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Professor Marshall Breger is Quoted on
Role of Religion in Supreme Court Justices' Ruling


Catholic University law school Professor Marshall Breger was quoted by Catholic News Service for its story “Panelists examine role of religion in Supreme Court justices' ruling,” which ran in Portland, Oregon’s Catholic Sentinel on Nov. 3rd.
Breger was among the panelists at an Oct. 27 symposium at the Newseum that examined the role that religion may play in the decisions of the nation’s highest court.
The court is currently composed of six Catholics and three Jews. Court watchers have debated whether that composition is a factor or not in the way the court has decided some of the most controversial issues before it.
The article quoted Breger:
"I'm not sure that someone being a Catholic, being a Jew, or even a Protestant ... (tells) you much about how they're going to make decisions, probably because there are so many ways of being a Catholic, so many ways of being a Jew and so many ways of being a Protestant," Breger said. "I do think that what you bring to the court -- your experiences, your background -- tells you something about how you're going to approach cases."
Fellow panelists included Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes, Tony Mauro, a Supreme Court correspondent for the National Legal Review, Lyle Denniston, a journalist who has reported on the Supreme Court for more than 50 years, and Stephen Wermiel, a law professor at American University.
The discussion was sponsored by The Religious Freedom Center, an educational initiative of the Newseum, and Moment Magazine, an independent publication targeted toward Jewish people.