This is dense:
“As public opinion has changed, it begins to look more like bias and less reasonable to simply categorically remove same-sex couples” from marriage, said Jane Schacter, a professor of constitutional law at Stanford University. “I don’t think the court checks the polls. It’s more how the court weighs the arguments. As ideas become more familiar, they seem less foreign and radical and odd.”
I’m pretty sure the swing votes on the Supreme Court are acutely aware of poll findings. Especially since public opinion is discussed in written arguments, not to mention whatever’s in all those amicus briefs, not to mention whatever comes up during the hurly-burly of oral argument.
And while we’re at the water cooler, what’s an election but a verified poll taken during a prearranged time?
It’s one thing for elected officials to say the Supreme Court isn’t influenced by political concerns, but it’s sort of insulting for an expert on statutory interpretation to say it to a reporter with a straight face.
You kind of suck, Professor Schacter.