Justice Roberts Speaks, But Mum on Trump’s High Court Choice

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts has discussed the Supreme Court’s past during a speech in Kentucky, but he was mum about its future.

Roberts spoke to the University of Kentucky’s College of Law on Wednesday, one day after President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the high court. Roberts didn’t mention Gorsuch or any of Trump’s recent executive orders. But he hinted at the tension in Washington as he joked that he was glad to be in Kentucky because “it means I am not in Washington.”

Roberts noted the difficulty of maintaining a congenial spirit among justices who often disagree sharply. He said a vacancy on the court for nearly a year has caused them to spend more time discussing cases.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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Roberts to Speak in Kentucky after Trump’s High Court Pick

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is scheduled to speak to the University of Kentucky College of Law one day after President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the high court.

Roberts is scheduled to make a presentation Wednesday and have a conversation with James C. Duff, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The event is sponsored by the John G. Heyburn II Initiative and the UK College of Law.

The Supreme Court has had a vacancy since February 2016 when former Justice Antonin Scalia died. Democratic President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to replace Scalia. But Republicans in Congress, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, blocked that appointment because they said the next president should choose a replacement.

 

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