Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer with Thane Rosenbaum


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A discussion with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the classic John Ford/Jimmy Stewart/John Wayne Western: What does he think about the justice that was once practiced on the American frontier? What was the reciprocal relationship between legal facts and cultural legends when a “hired gun” didn’t mean an unconflicted lawyer? Are truths found in courtrooms or in the legends that our culture adopts? How relevant is the movie to today’s culture and legal system?

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