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John Roberts Decries Attacks on Supreme Court’s ‘Legitimacy’

  • Top judge speaks publicly for first time since abortion ruling
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US Chief Justice John Roberts said he’s concerned criticism of the Supreme Court over controversial decisions has veered into attacks on its legitimacy as an institution.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the court eliminated the constitutional right to abortion, Roberts said criticism of rulings is “entirely appropriate,” but that the court’s role doesn’t change because people disagree with its decisions.