If you do not think the charged political atmosphere has infiltrated our judiciary, one need only look at the recent cases the Supreme Court has decided to leave on the backburner.
The confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett had the right ready for a string of major victories, but the court has instead decided to kick the can down the road a bit more.
At the top of the list are cases involving religious freedoms, gay rights, abortion, and of course, gun control.
Kick the Can Down the Road
Josh Blackman, a law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, believes the Supreme Court is actually contributing to the hostilities that are taking place on both sides of the aisle by not taking on these cases.
Blackman stated, “There’s always a reason to kick the can down the road.
“These issues linger and fester if they don’t come to any sort of resolution.
“That’s sort of where we are.”
Two of the major cases people on both sides of the aisle were hoping to have heard this term are a Mississippi abortion case and dispute between Texas and California that pits gay rights against religious freedoms.
In Mississippi, legislators are trying to ban any abortion after 15 weeks.
The Texas-California cases has just as many ramifications, especially for LGBTQ+ rights, as it centers around foster care and adoption by same-sex couples.
The reason this is likely happening is that Chief Justice Roberts is trying to keep the Supreme Court from being defined in the manner Democrats hyped during the presidency of Donald Trump.
When Trump was able to appoint his third justice in just four years, every powerful Democrat railed against the 6-3 advantage conservatives would now hold on the bench.
Justice Roberts has openly spoken about how politically charged the courts have become, so my best guess is that until the animosity dies down, these cases will continue to sit in consideration and will not be moved forward.
It is sad, really, that Roberts actions are doing the very thing he is trying to protect court from… being politicized.
Source: USA Today