Chief Justice John Roberts Puts Protesters On Notice: “Because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court”
US Chief Justice John Roberts put the Dem Party on notice over their hysterical response to the Roe v Wade decision at a conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He said: “People can say what they want, but simply because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court.
“If the court doesn’t retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution, I’m not sure who would take up that mantle. You don’t want the political branches telling you want the law is.
“And you don’t want public opinion to be the guide of what the appropriate decision is.”
“The barricades are down and when we take the bench the first Monday in October at 10 a.m, the public will be there to watch us,” he said.
According to The Washington Examiner:
He also said it was “gut-wrenching” to see the Supreme Court surrounded by barricades as protests erupted in the wake of the Roe reversal.
Roberts decried the “betrayal” of the leak at the time, saying it was designed to “undermine the integrity” of the court.
His speech came after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s comment that the investigation into the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion was underway and that there would be a report of the findings.
“The chief justice appointed an internal committee to oversee the investigation,” Gorsuch said at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“That committee has been busy, and we’re looking forward to their report, I hope, soon.”
According to MSN:
Michael McConnell, a former appeals court judge who teaches at Stanford Law School, said he was surprised that the judges who interviewed Roberts at Friday’s event didn’t ask him about the leaked draft opinion, but not surprised by the absence of questions about his comments on the court’s legitimacy.
Such forums are normally “anodyne,” McConnell said. “The old fashioned, long-standing view is opinions speak for themselves” and judges don’t talk about them.
Speaking in Colorado last night, John Roberts announced that members of the public will be allowed to attend oral arguments when the new term starts next month, according to press reports. It will be the first time the Supreme Court will reopen since the start of the pandemic.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) September 10, 2022
Roberts also defended the legitimacy of the Supreme Court amid evidence that public confidence in the court has plummeted since the Dobbs decision. "You don’t want the political branches telling you what the law is," Roberts said, per AP's @colleenslevin. https://t.co/9TNHqkgSkq— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) September 10, 2022