Well, this seems like a hopeful start to a new year.

Courtesy of NYT:

As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. prepares to preside over the impeachment trial of President Trump, he issued pointed remarks on Tuesday in his year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary that seemed to be addressed, at least in part, to the president himself.

The two men have a history of friction, and Chief Justice Roberts used the normally mild report to denounce false information spread on social media and to warn against mob rule. Some passages could be read as a mission statement for the chief justice’s plans for the impeachment trial itself.

“We should reflect on our duty to judge without fear or favor, deciding each matter with humility, integrity and dispatch,” he wrote in the report. “As the new year begins, and we turn to the tasks before us, we should each resolve to do our best to maintain the public’s trust that we are faithfully discharging our solemn obligation to equal justice under law.”

The nominal focus of the report was the importance of civics education, but even a casual reader could detect a timely subtext, one concerned with the foundational importance of the rule of law.

Here’s a little more:

Chief Justice Roberts began his report, as is his custom, with a bit of history, recalling a riot at which John Jay, an author of the Federalist Papers and later the first chief justice, was struck in the head by a rock “thrown by a rioter motivated by a rumor.”

Jay and his colleagues, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “ultimately succeeded in convincing the public of the virtues of the principles embodied in the Constitution.”

“Those principles leave no place for mob violence,” the chief justice wrote. “But in the ensuing years, we have come to take democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside. In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital. The judiciary has an important role to play in civic education.”

Doesn’t it seem that everybody is giving Donald Trump civics lessons these days?

I have to admit that I have almost lost hope that the Supreme Court continues to be a fair arbiter of the law. 

So I worried that they would side with Trump in those cases headed their way concerning his tax returns. 

And of course I am extremely worried about Roe vs Wade. 

There are just too many conservative justices who seem to see their allegiance as to the Republican party rather than the Constitution of the United States.

However Justice Roberts has surprised me in the past, so maybe, just maybe things are not yet completely lost.

It should be noted by the way that  the Supreme Court has no role to play in the impeachment process. 

But if Trump was hoping to somehow drag them into it, these words certainly do not make it appear it would do him any good.