Feedback for the high court

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. expressed doubt about having members of the Supreme Court attend the State of the Union address ["Obama vs. Supreme Court, Round 2," front page, March 11]. He was upset that President Obama directly criticized the court's 5 to 4 decision injecting corporate funding into candidate elections.

Since the Supreme Court is the opaque and most isolated branch of government, perhaps the justices should recognize that a little honest feedback can be a good thing.

It is particularly important in this instance, since the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission clearly revealed that the majority on the court has an astonishingly naive view of how corruption works in our nation's capital. Everyone else in the room understood that allowing huge sums of unregulated cash into our elections will undermine the role of individual voters and further expose our elected officials to the siren calls of corporate lobbyists.

Buck up, Mr. Chief Justice. Occasionally there are some things you really need to hear.

Mary G. Wilson, Washington

The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, which submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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