Roberts defends Supreme Court's legitimacy
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Started by metmike - Sept. 10, 2022, 1:15 p.m.

Roberts defends Supreme Court's legitimacy and says last year has been 'difficult in many respects'

Chief Justice John Roberts -- making his first public comments since the US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last term, triggering demonstrations across the country -- defended the legitimacy of the court Friday night while also acknowledging it had been "gut-wrenching" to drive into a barricaded high courtevery morning.

Roberts, without directly mentioning protests, said that all of the court's opinions are open to criticism, but he pointedly noted that "simply because people disagree with opinions, is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court."

He said that it's the court's job to interpret the Constitution -- a task that should not be left to the political branches or driven by public opinion.

By metmike - Sept. 10, 2022, 1:19 p.m.
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Chief Justice John Roberts defends Supreme Court legitimacy

Roberts said the protests following the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, rolling back federal abortion protections, had left him deeply troubled.  

“It was gut wrenching every morning to drive into a Supreme Court with barricades around it,” he said.

Activists with The Center for Popular Democracy Action hold photos of U.S. Supreme Court justices as they block an intersection during a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Chief Justice John Roberts is concerned about hostile protests against Supreme Court justices.
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In his remarks, Roberts also praised incoming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will be formally sworn in on Sept. 30. “She is going to be a wonderful justice,” Roberts said.

By metmike - Sept. 11, 2022, 1:51 p.m.
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I didn't hear much squawking or see protesting when the more liberal Supreme Court, in 2007  ruled that the beneficial gas, CO2 was pollution to help give the fake green energy, fake environmentalist, fake climate crisis move based on junk science a huge shot in the arm.

US Supreme Court decides CO2 is a pollutant,2%20emissions%20from%20new%20cars.

Just more evidence that the court is political some of the time.

Supreme Court restricts the EPA's authority to mandate carbon emissions reductions