Did Justice Roberts take a judicial pot shot at Trump?

Did Justice Roberts take a judicial pot shot at Trump?
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts departs after U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts may have taken a veiled shot at President-elect Donald Trump in his annual year-end report.

(WASHINGTON, DC) Chief Justice John Roberts compared a judge’s role to that of an umpire at his 2005 confirmation hearings — 11 years later, he may have called a strike on President-elect Donald Trump.

The chief dedicated part of his annual 2016 year-end report on the state of the judiciary to praising the discipline and integrity of federal district justices. Some legal commentators are wondering if Roberts was taking a veiled shot at the president-elect, who spent the better part of last summer criticizing, without basis, the federal judge presiding over a Trump University fraud trial.

“The men and women across the country who today serve as district judges are generally not well known…but they deserve tremendous respect,” Roberts wrote. “District judges make a difference every day, and leave a lasting legacy, by making our society more fair and just.”

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