Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan Warns that the Supreme Court must maintain Proper Public Approval
The warning comes as the Supreme Court has recently faced massive criticisms following the overruling of Roe v. Wade
Elena Kagan, a Liberal Supreme Court Justice, said that it would be dangerous to democracy if the Supreme Court loses the confidence of the American public. This is the first speech Elena Kagan has done in public since the overturning of Roe v. Wade and she stressed the importance of the Justices staying in their proper roles as judges and not dictating public policies.
"I'm not talking about any particular decision or even any particular series of decisions, but if over time the court loses all connection with the public and with public sentiment, that's a dangerous thing for a democracy."
Elena Kagan said.
Currently, there is a 6 to 3 conservative majority in the Supreme Court and it has been asserted as so. Kagan said, "Overall, the way the court retains its legitimacy and fosters public confidence is by acting like a court, is by doing the kinds of things that do not seem to people political or partisan. The court earns its legitimacy by what it does and by the way it behaves."
Elena Kagan went on to explain that the Supreme Court justices must be consistent when implementing their judicial philosophies and cannot abandon the original approach when it is concerning an issue that doesn’t fit their preferred outcome.
The speech comes as the Supreme Court’s public approval has dropped off the deep end, according to multiple opinion polls. A new term begins in October when Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson replaces Stephen Breyer.