Supreme Court Criticized by Public, CJ John Roberts says Public Should Respect Court’s Decision

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts tried to defend the Court in response to criticism for overturning the precedent-setting case of Roe v. Wade, arguing that the SC is only acting in accordance with its interpretation of the Constitution and that the general public should not question its desire just because they think differently with its decision.

After the Supreme Court’s controversial reversal of the Roe decision, which gave women the right to have an abortion under federal statute, Roberts says it is erroneous for people to begin challenging the Court’s objectivity. Roberts didn’t specify any people or groups, but he did say that critics shouldn’t do so since the SC simply applied its authority.

“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 what the law is, and you don’t want public opinion to be the guide about what the appropriate decision is,” Roberts explained in an interview.

Roberts remarked that when the case first started, it was difficult to handle the swells of opponents who came forward to voice their opposition to the potential inversion of the judgment. Roberts noted that it was “gut-wrenching” for SC Justices to travel the highways blocked by barriers and traffic regularly. They were not as well-off as a result of the epidemic and the stringent lockdown measures.

A leaked draft opinion suggested that the right to an abortion should be abolished, which sparked the barricades and demonstrations in May. People gathered in front of the SC Justices’ homes and outside the Supreme Court Halls to protest.

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The judicial process might be threatened by leaks

Before even the final text was made public, the Justices had to deal with a lot of difficulties as a result of the leak. The Justices warn that the conduct poses a serious danger to upcoming High Court legal procedures and that they are determined to speak with whoever committed it. According to Justice Neil Gorsuch, the need to quickly identify the leaker has been emphasized.

“Improper efforts to influence judicial decision-making, from whatever side, from whomever, are a threat to the judicial decision-making process,” Justice Gorsuch stated.

In Justice Samuel Alito’s final judgment, which outlaws abortion beyond 15 weeks, there are fragments from the leak. Many states promptly enacted abortion prohibitions as a result of the judgment.

Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey was not overturned by Justice Roberts, who dissented from the other five judges’ decision, stating that “a more measured route” should be taken.

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The public lost faith in the Supreme Court

The judiciary is independent. All of that is accurate. However, a study reveals that the public’s trust in the Supreme Court has declined since the draft was leaked and continues to this day, even after the publication of the final ruling.

According to Roberts, the dissenting personalities of the Justices are solely displayed in the Court’s halls. He stated that following spirited discussions on certain matters, the Justices sometimes even have lunch together. The Court respects one another, according to Roberts; therefore the enmity is contained to the Court itself.

Source: NPR

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