Supreme Court Justice Breyer talks art _ in French

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Posted: Feb 13, 2017 8:03 PM
Supreme Court Justice Breyer talks art _ in French

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has given a talk — entirely in French — about the artistry of courtroom sketches.

Breyer spoke in French on Monday during the hour-long forum at the French Cultural Center in Boston.

The event was a dialogue with artist Noëlle Herrenschmidt, who draws courtroom scenes in France.

Holger Spamann, a Harvard Law School professor who attended the talk, says Breyer also made a case for the professionalism of judges and the importance of their detachment from politics.

Breyer, 78, was appointed to the high court in 1994 by Democratic President Bill Clinton.

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Breyer once told an interviewer that he learned French by reading the works of writer Marcel Proust while working as an intern at a law firm in Paris.