Illinois law dean and professor Vikram David Amar was quoted in a recent New York Times article on a speech that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered at the annual Federalist Society convention. Some court watchers observed that while the remarks were not apolitical, there are not clear guidelines regarding what justices may say off the bench.
“There’s a difference between what a justice can do and what a justice would be well advised to do,” said Amar. “I tend to think that John Roberts has a much better instinct toward circumspection.”
“Other than an ethical line about prejudging cases and avoiding the appearance of bias,” he said, “it’s a matter of what you think a good judge should do and the image a judge should cultivate.”
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