(Washington) A United States Supreme Court judge was severely criticized for refusing to wear a mask during a trial on Tuesday, reflecting the deteriorating atmosphere in the esteemed organization.
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For the second week in a row, Conservative Neil Gorsuch was one of nine high court scholars seated with his face covered on Tuesday, according to a handful of journalists who were allowed into the building.
Wearing a mask is a very strong political marker in the United States, where in some places most of the right to cover face is considered a violation of personal liberty.
The Supreme Court justices want to reiterate that they stand beyond political strife and insist on the collectivity of their work. However, it is difficult for them to hide the deep differences between the overwhelming traditional majority (six judges) and the left minority (three).
The court’s chief justice, John Roberts, a moderate conservative who seeks to bridge the gap between the two alliances, asked all judges to wear masks after the end of the year’s vacation, according to sources cited by Public Radio NPR.
According to radio, he made this request considering their progressive colleague Sonia Sotomayor, who suffers from diabetes and is more vulnerable when pollution occurs.
All were approved except for Neil Gorsuch, one of the three magistrates appointed by Donald Trump, the NPR added.
According to the radio, his attitude prompted Sonia Sotomayor, who was sitting next to him in the court hall, to walk away. For the past week she has been participating in debates via audio link from her office.
Although Neil Gorsuch is largely unknown to the general public, his attitude was one of the most discussed topics on Twitter on Tuesday.
“I’m so happy not to vote for that jerk. What kind of person would do that?” In particular, former Democratic senator Claire McCaskill, who opposed her confirmation in 2017, tweeted on Twitter.
To a question asked by the AFP, the Supreme Court did not specify which health measures apply in it.
In March 2020 the High Court was completely closed and its judges conducted their hearings by telephone, from their homes, for months. In October, everyone was vaccinated, they found themselves in Washington, often without a mask, before this protection reappeared at the same time as the Omicron variant.