A lesson in judicial modesty

Chief Justice John Roberts is known within the legal community for his generosity with his time, given the constraints of his position. That generosity was on display earlier this week when he spoke to Government classes at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.
According to the Post, Roberts spent about an hour answering questions from teacher and all-around good guy, Bob Mathis, and from students, one of whom is a family friend of the Chief’s. Since both of my daughters took the corresponding class at Whitman, they were left feeling more than a little envious.
The Chief Justice told the students that having a “judicial philosophy” is not as important as deciding individual cases based on the law and that judges should never think they hold the solutions to political problems. “I don’t have an agenda,” he added, and “if I did, it wouldn’t be something I could implement.” Roberts also acknowledged that, despite his desire for more unanimity (or at least consensus) on the Court, “we haven’t made a lot of progress moving beyond fairly sharp divisions.”
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