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High Court Justice Breyer Robbed in Vacation Home in Nevis

February 14, 2012

(Adds FBI assistance in third paragraph.)

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed by a man wielding a machete while vacationing on the West Indies island of Nevis, said Kathy Arberg, a court spokeswoman.

Breyer, 73, his wife and two guests were in the justice’s vacation home when they were confronted by the intruder, who stole about $1,000, she said. Nobody was injured in the robbery, which took place at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 9, Arberg said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting with a local police investigation, according to a U.S. law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. The high court is on its traditional mid-winter break and will return next week.

Supreme Court justices often aren’t accompanied by security in their private activities. In 2004, Justice David Souter, now retired, was mugged while jogging on a Washington street. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s purse was snatched in 1996.

--Editors: Justin Blum, Steven Komarow

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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