Gavel Grab

Obama Delivers Milder Message to Supreme Court Justices

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama dialed back from the confrontational tone he used toward Supreme Court justices in 2010, and instead delivered a muted criticism of a court ruling, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire.

“Last year, part of the Voting Rights Act was weakened,” Obama said on Tuesday without pointing a finger specifically at the court over a 5-4 decision that struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are working to strengthen it.”

Jess Bravin blogged for the Washington Wire that TV camera operators apparently did not grasp immediately what the president was referring to and did not turn the cameras to catch the reaction of justices in the audience.

In 2010, Obama criticized the court’s Citizens United ruling during the annual speech, and Justice Samuel Alito Jr. shook his head and mouthed “not true” in response. Obama came in for criticism himself in some quarters from people who thought he went too far.

Five justices attended the speech on Tuesday night of this week. Tony Mauro blogged in The National Law Journal’s Legal Times, “Justices Have Spotty Attendance at State of the Union.”

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