|Does the cajoling from outside groups have any real impact on the court's decisions? At least in the case of the formal amicus briefs filed with the court, research suggests that the answer, increasingly, is yes. But Justice Stephen G. Breyer said politics outside the court's chambers generally did not play a part in its deliberations. In all, groups involved in the debate have spent tens of millions of dollars in the last two years to steer the political and legal debate.
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