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Chief Justice John Roberts defends Supreme Court’s legitimacy before new term

Chief Justice John Roberts defended the Supreme Court in his first public comments since SCOTUS reversed Roe v. Wade, saying the court shouldn’t bend to the wills of individuals or political parties.

Why it matters: The comments come days after Vice President Kamala Harris called the Supreme Court “an activist court” that took away a “constitutional right” with the Roe v. Wade decision.

Details: Roberts said the court can face criticism, but “due to the fact people disagree with opinions, isn’t a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court,” CNN reports.

  • He said the Supreme Court is intended to interpret the U.S. Constitution and really should not bend to public opinion or political parties.
  • If the court doesnt retain its legitimate function of interpreting the constitution, Im uncertain who would use up that mantle,” Roberts said, per the Associated Press.
  • “You dont want the political branches letting you know what regulations is, and you also dont want public opinion to function as guide in what the correct decision is, Roberts said

Roberts made the comments to judges at the 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, in accordance with CNN. Justice Neil Gorsuch also attended the function.

The picture as a whole: The Supreme Court plans to reopen its oral arguments to the general public after shutting its doors through the COVID-19 pandemic, Politico reports.

  • The next term, scheduled to begin with Oct. 3, could be as contentious as earlier this term with potential rulings on religion and guns.

Go deeper: Supreme Court’s next term could possibly be in the same way contentious

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