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US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, here in 2019.
UNITED STATES – When a US Supreme Court justice plays head of international leaders. During a speech at Notre Dame University in Rome as part of the “Religious Liberty” conference, Judge Samuel Alito criticized Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson, three leaders who criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to revoke the constitutional protection of rights. of abortion.
Samuel Alito, a 72-year-old conservative judge and devout Catholic, wrote this controversial ruling that overturned the historic Roe v. Wade. A “honour”, he said during this July 21 conference, the video of which was posted online a week ago. In the United States, abortion rights are decided at the state level. Some of them, the most conservative, almost completely ban it, like Texas or Oklahoma.
“This, I believe, is the only decision of the Supreme Court in the entire history of this institution that many foreign leaders, who feel comfortable commenting on the law of the United States, have mocked.” he continued, causing his audience to cheer (from 25min30 in the video above, in English).
“One of them was Boris Johnson, but he paid the price”, he added, referring to the British Prime Minister forced to resign after a series of scandals, including “PartyGate”. The tenant of 10 Downing Street is sorry “a big step back” after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
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“Some are still there, still in power: President Macron, Prime Minister [canadien] Trudeau. But what really hurt me was when the Duke of Sussex spoke to the United Nations and compared the decision, whose name must not be said, to Russia’s attack on Ukraine “he continued, this time attacking Prince Harry.
The latter actually gave a speech at the UN on July 18 during the international day in honor of Nelson Mandela aimed at promoting peace. He made a sad statement about the state of the world: “From the terrible war in Ukraine to the withdrawal of our constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global attack on democracy and freedom. »
Judge Alito, who was appointed by George W. Bush in 2006, was not named in other countries despite the temptation but his speech caused the reaction of Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Alito’s opinion leaked” early May in the press, he recalled. “This fact, coupled with these political comments, should alarm everyone,” worried the pick from the Bronx.
Remember: it was Alito’s opinion that leaked. That fact paired with his political remarks below should be alarming… https://t.co/DzcAbfKHRl
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)
The Supreme Court is not a political body, at least in theory. Judges usually keep their opinions to themselves and do not directly intervene in the public debate. A rule from which Samuel Alito seems to have freed himself.
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