Many have complained that the federal judiciary holds far too much power, mostly due to political influence. It’s not always the case, but on many occasions, appointed federal judges seem to rule in line with their political leanings.
According to the New York Post, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has also taken notice of the disturbing trend, and he issued a stark warning regarding the dangers posed to the U.S. justice system if federal judges continue to be swayed by political influence.
The warning came in his year-end report, and it was at least partially influenced by recent reports that over 100 federal judges have ruled in cases to which they had some level of financial ties.
“The Judiciary’s power to manage its internal affairs insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government,” Roberts’ report read.
He added: “Decisional independence is essential to due process, promoting impartial decision-making, free from political or other extraneous influence.”
Roberts, in his position as chief justice of the high court, is the head of the federal judiciary. In his report, he also suggested “new protections” to tackle “inappropriate behavior in the judicial workplace,” which might have been a reference to the federal judges accused of sexual harassment in the workplace, Fox News reported.
Interestingly, Roberts decided to not mention President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court study commission, which was tasked with looking at the viability of packing the high court, among other tactics Democrats are fantasizing about in order to balance out the high court’s solid conservative majority.
While the results of the commission were not formal recommendations, it did suggest the possibility of term limits, and the possibility of adding more judges to the high court’s bench. But pundits do not believe Biden will make such a move in a midterm election year, as it would immediately distract from virtually every other issue.
Roberts, and his SCOTUS colleagues, will soon hear a number of high-profile cases, including several concerning President Biden’s federal vaccine mandates, and a potentially landmark Mississippi abortion law case.