Justice Roberts Refuses To Talk About Roe v. Wade

(PresidentialHill.com)- Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at a conference in Colorado Springs where he defended the authority of the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution, arguing that its legitimacy shouldn’t be questioned simply because some people disagree with the Court’s decisions.

In his first public appearance since the Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Roberts expressed concern over those questioning the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

Roberts said neither the political branches nor public opinion should be a guide for what is an “appropriate decision.” He said if the Court isn’t able to “retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution,” nobody would want to “take up that mantle.”

The Chief Justice described the past year as unusual and difficult, noting that the public has not been permitted inside the Court since the 2020 COVID lockdowns. He also expressed frustration with seeing the Supreme Court surrounded by barricades, calling the sight “gut-wrenching.”

The barriers were erected in May after the draft opinion from Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to the press.

When asked to reveal something the public may not know about the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts pointed to the collegiality among the justices and the Supreme Court tradition of always shaking hands before starting conferences or taking the bench.

He said while the justices might disagree about a decision, they all eat together in the court’s dining room where their conversations are about everything but work. Roberts said this doesn’t come from “fake affection” but rather from the respect that comes from the push and pull of sharing ideas.

“We have a common calling,” Roberts explained, “and we act like it.”

On Thursday, Justice Neil Gorsuch appeared at the same conference where he said it was “terribly important” that the person who leaked Alito’s opinion be identified. He condemned the leak, arguing that attempts to improperly influence the Court from either side are “a threat to the judicial decision-making process.”

Gorsuch revealed that he was expecting a progress report on the investigation into the leak “soon.”