The Most Appalling Thing a Judge Can Say


by Montgomery Blair Sibley, ©2017, blogging at Amo Probos

(Oct. 6, 2017) — During the recent oral arguments of a hotly debated case — Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis — Chief Justice John Roberts, in a back-and-forth with University of Virginia law professor Daniel Ortiz said the most appalling thing a judge can say: Let the desired results dictate the law.

In that case, Justice Roberts observed that a decision in favor of Ortiz’s client would invalidate employment agreements covering 25 million people – a step that several of the justices would be reluctant to take.

I find this appalling for Justice Roberts is not concerned with what the law requires, but rather with what effect enforcing the law will have.  This is contrary to the very spirit of the Rule of Law which requires that the law dictate the results, not the desired results dictates the law.

Stated another way, if those 25 million employment agreements violate the law — and a very considerable weight of the legal analysis points to that conclusion — then those agreements violate the law and they must be invalidated. Justice Roberts is arguing that certain cases are “too big” to be determined by law but rather must be determined by the amount of inconvenience to the employer.  Sickening from a jurist, particularly one who sits as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

2 Responses to "The Most Appalling Thing a Judge Can Say"

  1. OPOVV   Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Justice Roberts is one of the “Swamp Critters” who wallow in the muck, who has (had?) a “Slush Fund” in the Vatican’s bank.
    Question: When Chief Justice Roberts sworn-in Obama in the secret ceremony in the white house after the public inauguration, did Obama take his oath on the Quran or not?
    The swamp is very deep, all the way down to infecting our county and town governments.
    It’s all very sad for someone who put his life on the line for the Constitution.

  2. Stephen Hiller   Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    The courts for too long have not been committed to their oaths of interpreting the law but making it. Not all of course but many. Any why not, the Congress that appoints them don’t commit to their oaths. Monkey see, monkey do.


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