NEW YORK, Sep 25 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Roberts, said Tuesday that the court is not politicized and has lamented the widespread perception that the court justice its decisions based primarily on its political affinity.
“When you live in a polarized political environment, people tend to see everything in those terms. This is not how the court works and the results of the cases do not prove otherwise,” Roberts said at a time when the judiciary has received numerous criticisms, some of them from the president, Donald Trump, who has rejected the decision of the courts to block some of the measures promoted by his Administration.
In November, Roberts rebuked Trump after the Republican leader called a judge who ruled against his asylum prohibition policy for certain migrants a “judge of former President Barack Obama.”
A group of Democratic senators suggested a few months ago that the court was heavily influenced by politics. “The Supreme Court is not doing well and people know it,” said the brief they submitted.
The nine-member court will begin its next term on October 7 and has a narrow conservative majority. Roberts, on the other hand, who is 64 years old, was elected to the post by former leader George W. Bush in 2005 and says that Justice does not work politically.