The Breyer family is very accomplished. Older brother Stephen Breyer was appointed to the First Circuit at the young age of 42, and was elevated to the Supreme Court when he was 56. Younger brother Charles Breyer was appointed to the U.S. District Court at the age of 56. He has served on that court for more than two decades.
Robert Barnes of the Washington Post asked Judge Charles Breyer about his brother’s retirement.
But Breyer’s decision to retire reflects another side of him, one often mentioned in descriptions of his time on the court: pragmatist.