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O’Connor Says ‘Traitor’ Criticism of Chief Justice Shows Lack of Understanding

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O’Connor Says ‘Traitor’ Criticism of Chief Justice Shows Lack of Understanding

Jul 26, 2012, 11:29 am CDT

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor defended Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Wednesday, saying some criticism of his vote to uphold the health care law is “unfortunate.”

Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, O’Connor referred to the criticism to support her call for greater civics education, according to ABC News and The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.

O’Connor noted that critics have called Roberts a “traitor” for his vote. “Comments like that demonstrate, only too well, the lack of understanding that some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch,” she said.

O’Connor has founded a free website called iCivics to teach children about government. She also says schools need to devote more time to the subject.

Prior coverage:

ABA Journal: “Flunking Civics: Why America’s Kids Know So Little”

ABAJournal.com: “Breyer: Civics an Issue in Blue and Red”

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