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 September 12, 2022

Chief Justice Roberts says it was 'gut-wrenching' to see Supreme Court barricaded

Fox News reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts recently expressed dismay that the public has been prevented from going near the Supreme Court building. 

Roberts, however, revealed that this is going to change soon.

The chief justice made the comments during the 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference that was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday.

"It was gut-wrenching every morning to drive into a Supreme Court with barricades around it," Roberts said.

The chief justice, here, is referring to the fact that, in May, a fence was erected around the Supreme Court building as a safety measure to protect the justices. The protection was needed because threats were made against the justices following the unprecedented leak of the court's draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, an opinion that overturned the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. 

The barricades erected around the Supreme Court building have since come down, and Roberts said that the public will be allowed to, once again, access the Supreme Court building at the commencement of the court's next session, in October.

Roberts did not comment on the leak. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, however, did.

Gorsuch, at the same event in Colorado, revealed that an internal investigation is being conducted into the leak. He expressed hope that the investigation would be completed soon.

Gorsuch also opined that it is "terribly important" to identify the leaker.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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