MINNEAPOLIS – Supreme Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., for the first time on Tuesday, raised the recent fierce guerrilla struggle over the new Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court to "assure" an audience that the court expects to serve "one nation" rather than "one party or one interest."
Before being interviewed by a law professor at the University of Minnesota, Roberts said in front of 2,700 spectators he wanted to speak to the "contentious events in Washington" in recent weeks, "and to emphasize what the judiciary is all about be different."
"I have great respect for our officials, for they speak for the people, and that is a degree of humility towards those of us in the judiciary who do not."
"We do not speak for the people, but we speak for the Constitution. "
The ugly dispute over Kavanaugh's affirmation and his replacement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is likely to solidify a conservative majority in the Supreme Court for a generation.There are now five Conservative Conservatives, all of them republican However, Roberts said the court should try not to identify itself with partisan interests.
"Our role is very clear: we are, the Constitution and to interpret the laws of the United States and to ensure that the political branches act in them, "he said This work obviously requires independence from the political branches. The history of the Supreme Court would be very different without this kind of independence.
Judges do not respond to polls, Roberts later said in his comments, and he said some of the major decisions of the court ̵
"The court has taken its time He was wrong, "he said," but if that's the case, it's because the court has given way to political pressure. "He found the court" shameful "about the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War
Roberts makes only a few public speeches and is known for choosing his words carefully, it seemed clear that he meant he had to deal with them replace how the partisan battles in Washington have turned the judiciary into a kind of political corruption system.
Since the confirmation struggle, other judges have made similar defenses to the court or symbolic gestures of unity. Both liberal and conservative judges turned up for Kavanaugh's hastily-planned swearing-in after being confirmed in one of history's closest voices. All judges participated in a later White House ceremony.
Roberts did not specifically mention Kavanaugh, but nodded in agreement.
The 63-year-old Chief Justice found that the judges had been shaken for a century The other hands before they take the bank to hear arguments.
"It may be a small thing, but it is a repeated reminder that, as our latest colleague put it, we are not sitting on opposite sides of a corridor. We are not a party or an interest, we serve a nation."  He added, "And I want to assure you all that we will continue to do so."
In a conversation with Law Professor Robert A. Stein and answering questions from students, Roberts also took up a number of other topics including cameras in the courtroom, his female colleagues and a new member of the court.
He repeated his resistance to cameras saying that he did not think they would help the c in its essential task of deciding cases. He said he was worried about lawyers and some of his colleagues could behave differently.
He also does not care about polls showing that few Americans can name him or any other member of the court. The court should speak as a body rather than as individuals. That's why "we wear black robes," he said.
And he said he was not affected by criticism of his opinions. "The good thing about lifetime is that it really does not bother you very much."
He emphasized that the court's collegiality was real, despite the fragmented decisions. For one, he said, "We think we're together in this important company." And he said, "We are often the only people we can talk to about specific issues," such as politics.
Nevertheless, he said it was good that the judges would not meet in the end of June two months after the end of the semester.
When asked by a student if it affects women, how he sees cases, Roberts said, "I guess I do not really know."
He said he understands the argument that women could have a different perspective but he never hears anything that makes him think "this is a percussive feminine perspective on the law … I see no difference in legal analysis or anything like that."
A new member of the court adjourned the judges into better behavior, at least for a while, Roberts said, comparing it to a "new" Thanksgiving law.
And he acknowledged that after 13 years as Chief Justice, it stayed harder than hoped when he joined the court in encouraging larger majorities for decisions and fewer 5 to 4 splits. "
" Well, I have to say that a project is still running, "he said.