Chief Justice John Roberts found himself as the subject of a stinging rebuke by a sitting federal judge this week, who called him and his Supreme Court out for weakening democracy in favor of corporations and right-wing interest groups.
Last week, Roberts ignited an uproar after he criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for warning the high court not to render Roe v. Wade toothless as the justices heard a Louisiana abortion case. By criticizing Schumer, Roberts revealed his hypocrisy as he made no such criticism of President Donald Trump for attacking Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayer last month.
The rare attack instantly shattered Roberts’ facade that the high court is “independent” and “impartial” and represented an attack on free speech.
An upcoming article written by Milwaukee U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman for the Harvard Law & Policy Review further criticizes Roberts and his court, calling out his “masterpiece of disingenuousness,” for being “anything but passive” as the right-wing majority goes about “undermining American democracy.”
“The Roberts Court has contributed to ensuring that the political system in the United States pays little attention to ordinary Americans and responds only to the wishes of a relatively small number of powerful corporations and individuals,” Adelman continued, blasted the five conservative Justice’s rulings as a
“direct assault on the right of poor people and minorities to vote.”
“It has failed to rein in the anti-democratic practice of partisan gerrymandering,” Adelman wrote. “The second way in which the Court’s decisions have undermined democracy is that they have unfailingly increased the economic and political power of corporations and wealthy individuals and reduced that of ordinary Americans and entities which represent them, like labor unions.”
And Adelman meant every word, telling the Washington Post that it’s “totally appropriate to criticize the court when there’s a basis for it.”
Apparently, Roberts is such a terrible chief justice that he has even lost respect among fellow judges for the way he has handled the Supreme Court. It’s certainly another blow to an institution that is already viewed negatively by the American public. And you can bet Adelman won’t be the last sitting judge to call Roberts out.
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