The Chief Justice of the United States came to Nebraska and provided insight into how the court works.
Roberts says he works hard to get the court to reach agreement on cases, but sometimes that’s not possible.
“And I think it’s a good thing when more people come together. The court looks like it’s working as a court rather than nine individual chambers,” Roberts said. “But, obviously you can’t compromise principle just to agree and we certainly don’t do that.”
A crowd of about 400 attended the visit of the Chief Justice to the College of Law, located on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Many others, including high schools throughout the state, listened via an Internet stream of the event.
Eighth Circuit United States Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Riley asked Roberts questions during the hour-long session. A handful of the questions came from the high school students observing the event.
It’s obvious Roberts is concerned about the perception of the court.
“You stop the man on the street every now and then (and ask), ‘Who’s the Chief Justice of the United States?’ and Judge Judy usually gets a lot of votes,” Roberts said to laughter in the audience, adding, “That’s fine. They don’t need to know who we are, but they do need to know what we do.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]