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Washington - Chief Justice 'Back And Forth' On Attending State Of Union

Published on: February 6, 2019 06:33 PM
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts answers questions during an appearance at Belmont University Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts answers questions during an appearance at Belmont University Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Washington - Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that he’s gone “back and forth” on whether U.S. Supreme Court justices should attend the State of the Union address.

Roberts told some Belmont University law students and prominent lawyers Wednesday that the president’s annual speech to Congress is an important civic ceremony, and one that he has attended each time while he’s been on the court.

Roberts was among four justices on hand for President Donald Trump’s address Tuesday night. The other five did not attend— and Roberts said he understood why some justices don’t want to be there.

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He said the event is a “political pep rally,” with the president laying out what he wants to do and “hooting and hollering” ensuing. The justices must figure out when to react to what’s said — during nonpartisan moments, for instance, when a hero or the military is being recognized — and when to lay low. The joint chiefs of staff and others face the same decision when trying to avoid reactions to the political moments.

“The hard part is, according to protocol and good sense, we sit there,” Roberts said. “Except, sometimes we don’t. It’s a very hard call to make.”

Roberts’ discussion was led by Belmont law school dean Alberto Gonzales, a former attorney general under President George W. Bush, who nominated Roberts.

Roberts also cautioned against labeling justices based on which president appointed them. He said the lack of public knowledge of the Supreme Court’s role and powers is becoming increasingly problematic with political polarization.

“The one thing that many people just don’t realize about the court is we’re not just another part of the political process,” Roberts said. “But, you can understand how somebody would think that if you’re seeing the confirmation hearing where Democrats and Republicans, party line votes, you have to assume the person who comes out of that process reflects that same division. And that historically has not been the case.”



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 Feb 06, 2019 at 08:17 PM Judith Says:

What world is he living in? The courts now are very politically active

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 Feb 07, 2019 at 10:22 AM Anonymous Says:

That’s why Ginsburg attended not one of George W Bush’s SOTU address. But attended every one of Barack Obama. (And missed Trump last year too) John Roberts is living in a dream. The SC is “supposed to be” a non partisan institution but we all know Justices all have minds and are loyal to the President and the Party that nominated them. Except John Roberts the fake Conservative that voted to legalize same *** marriage...

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 Feb 07, 2019 at 11:54 AM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

That’s why Ginsburg attended not one of George W Bush’s SOTU address. But attended every one of Barack Obama. (And missed Trump last year too) John Roberts is living in a dream. The SC is “supposed to be” a non partisan institution but we all know Justices all have minds and are loyal to the President and the Party that nominated them. Except John Roberts the fake Conservative that voted to legalize same *** marriage...

Scalia stopped attending after 1997 because he thought it was childish. One year, no one came to Clinton. Kagan goes to all of them Judges try to be apolitical and Alito basically said he feels like a potted plant while one side claps and the other boos.

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