Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Tuesday criticized partisan rancor in the Supreme Court nomination process and warned of a negative impact.Roberts said the Supreme Court decides cases “in a completely nonpartisan way,” but there is “a real danger” that partisan hostility will affect the court, report the Washington Post, the New York Law Journal (sub. req.), the Associated Press and the Albany Times Union.Roberts commented in response to a question by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson during an appearance at the school.Jackson asked about the “extremely partisan confirmation process,” including Republicans’ refusal to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland and Democrats’ failed attempt to block the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, who took the judicial oath on Monday.During the whole process, Roberts said, “the Supreme Court has been quietly going about its business of deciding the cases before it, according to the Constitution, in a completely nonpartisan way.” And the court would continue to do that, Roberts said. But he expressed concern about the impact of the recent standoffs.“It is a real danger that the partisan hostility that people see in the political branches will affect the nonpartisan activity of the judicial branch. It is very difficult,… Read full this story
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