Justice Kagan Says SCOTUS May Lose Credibility If It Doesn’t Bend to Public Opinion

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Thursday the court could lose “legitimacy” if it loses “connection” with public opinion while speaking at a judicial conference in Montana.

Kagan, making her first speaking appearance since the high court overturned Roe v. Wade in a landmark decision, said it would be “dangerous” if the court loses the “connection” with the public, according to Reuters.

“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 democracy,” Kagan said, according to the report.

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“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,” Kagan reportedly continued.



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