Thursday, January 26, 2023

The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court defends his authority

The Chief Justice of the United States defended the Supreme Court’s authority to interpret the Constitution and said that role should not be called into question because people disagree with its decisions.

asked to reflect on his past year on the Court during his first public appearance since the landmark Roe v. Wade, John Roberts said Friday that he was concerned that some critics of the controversial decision have questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s highest court, something he said was wrong. He did not name any of the reviewers.

Roe Vs. Wade gave American women the constitutional right to abortion for nearly 50 years.

“If the Court doesn’t retain its legitimate role of interpreting the Constitution, I’m not sure who will assume that role. You don’t want the political branches to tell you what the law is and you don’t want public opinion guide about what is a reasonable decision,” Roberts said during a conference interview by two federal court judges in the Colorado Springs Court of Appeals for the 12th Circuit, based in Denver.

Roberts said the past year was unusual and difficult, pointing to the fact that public access to the court has not been allowed since 2020 due to the pandemic as a major difficulty. He said that it was painful to walk to the Supreme Court surrounded by barricades every day.

The roadblocks were set up in May when protests broke out inside the court building and outside the homes of some of its justices, following an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion that indicated the justices planned to strike down Roe v. Was made Get off

The barriers were eventually removed and people will be able to enter the building again when the session begins in October, but the leak ordered by Roberts remains under investigation.

Speaking at the same conference Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch said it was “extremely important” to identify the person responsible for the leak and said he expected a report on the progress of the investigation “soon.”

Gorsuch condemned the leak, as have other justices on the court who have spoken publicly on the matter.

“Improper attempts to influence decision-making, wherever they come from, from whomsoever, are a menace to the judicial process,” he said.

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