Chief Justice John Roberts Speaks At U of L

by Gabe Bullard on April 18, 2009

roberts1U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts visited the University of Louisville Saturday.

Roberts spoke at and event organized by U of L’s McConnell Center. Joined by the center’s namesake, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Roberts warned against partisan politics in the Senate’s review of Supreme Court nominees.

“There has been an increase in polarization in our political process that’s reflected in the Congress, and I think it’s very unfortunate the danger that might gravitate to the Judicial Branch, where it has no place,” he said.roberts2

Roberts said the Constitution, not political theory, should be main factor in how justices make decisions, even though some of the nation’s advancements have made the document less clear.

“This is the framers themselves telling us what they meant, in the midst of a very sharp debate, ‘Do you want this constitution or not? Here’s what it means.’ Of course you look to that. But in interpreting it, you do have to understand it’s meant as a limitation on what you can do. So the idea that it changes with the times I think is a dangerous one,” said Roberts

Roberts cited the question of wiretap technology and whether it violates the 4th Amendment’s ban on unreasonable search and seizure.

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