Will no one rid us of the inquisitions of this woke mob?
It’s been quite a last few weeks for the highest court in the land:
Two years after John Roberts’ confirmation as the Supreme Court’s chief justice in 2005, his wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, made a pivot. After a long and distinguished career as a lawyer, she refashioned herself as a legal recruiter, a matchmaker who pairs job-hunting lawyers up with corporations and firms.
Roberts told a friend that the change was motivated by a desire to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest, given that her husband was now the highest-ranking judge in the country. “There are many paths to the good life,” she said. “There are so many things to do if you’re open to change and opportunity.”
And life was indeed good for the Robertses, at least for the years 2007 to 2014. During that eight-year stretch, according to internal records from her employer, Jane Roberts generated a whopping $10.3 million in commissions, paid out by corporations and law firms for placing high-dollar lawyers with them.
That eye-popping figure comes from records in a whistleblower complaint filed by a disgruntled former colleague of Roberts, who says that as the spouse of the most powerful judge in the United States, the income she earns from law firms who practice before the Court should be subject to public scrutiny.
Working for the Man every night and day . . .
Samuel Alito said the decision he wrote removing the federal right to abortion made him and other US supreme court justices “targets of assassination” but denied claims he was responsible for its leak in draft form.
“Those of us who were thought to be in the majority, thought to have approved my draft opinion, were really targets of assassination,” Alito told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Friday.
“It was rational for people to believe they might be able to stop the decision in Dobbsby killing one of us.” . . .
Progressives charged that a conservative, perhaps the hardline Alito, might have orchestrated the leak in an attempt to lock in a majority for such a momentous decision.
Alito said: “That’s infuriating to me. Look, this made us targets of assassination. Would I do that to myself? Would the five of us have done that to ourselves? It’s quite implausible.”
The leak was investigated by the supreme court marshal, without establishing a perpetrator.
Saying the marshal “did a good job with the resources that were available”, Alito said he had “a pretty good idea who is responsible, but that’s different from the level of proof that is needed to name somebody”.
Alito said the leak “was a part of an effort to prevent the Dobbsdraft … from becoming the decision of the court. And that’s how it was used for those six weeks by people on the outside, as part of the campaign to try to intimidate the court.”
I would bet a lot of money that Sammy does have more than a pretty good idea of who leaked the Dobbs draft. I would never refer to an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States as a mendacious piece of shit, because I’m just way too respectful for that kind of thing. My friend Michael, a high-powered and normally very mild-mannered lawyer, has by contrast been pushed over the edge:
The fucking gall of this guy. He issues a series of radical opinions, most notably a glorified blog post that eradicated a right that had existed for 50 years and that threatens even more basic rights. He then mouths off to the media that it’s unfair that he gets criticized for it and whines that no one defends him (as if the GOP isn’t doing that on a daily basis). He also notes that the legal profession won’t defend the Court, not figuring out that this is a giant tell when educated people with law degrees (including a lot of traditional conservatives) are generally horrified at what you are doing. And as Kruse points out, criticizing the Supreme Court is a hallowed American tradition.
The elite rejection of Alito and his pals has to be galling them. They thought that they could implement a right-wing agenda that would never pass in genuinely democratic institutions and then it would be life as normal. It’s not and now they are suffering social consequences. Good. I hope he’s uncomfortable right to the point that he dies and then I can piss on his grave.
Very very shrill. Where is the decorum, where is the respect due to men of honor (uomini d’ onore)?
Those that want respect, give respect.