Chief justice says pandemic teaches humility, compassion

John Roberts
Posted at 10:46 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 22:46:38-04

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts has told graduating seniors at his son’s high school that the coronavirus has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control.”

And he's counseled the students to make their way with humility, compassion and courage in a world that’s been turned upside down.

Roberts spoke in a seven-minute video message posted Saturday on the website of the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. His son, Jack, is a senior there.

Roberts didn’t talk at all about the Supreme Court’s hefty load of high-profile cases that include disputes to President Donald Trump’s taxes, abortion, LGBT rights and protections for young immigrants.

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