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Obama remarks on Supreme Court went beyond criticism

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The sub-headline to The Sun's editorial ("Obama and judicial review," April 6) asks, "Since when is the Supreme Court immune to criticism?" That question is in the grand tradition of President Barack Obama — set up a straw man and then knock him down.

President Obama's unfortunate April 2 statements (and later attempts at clarification) are not criticisms of the Supreme Court but outright challenges to its authority to declare unconstitutional laws void. What critic of Mr. Obama's remarks questioned his right to criticize the court? There is a time and place for such criticisms. But certainly it is not while the Supreme Court is deciding whether the president's signature piece of legislation is constitutional.

Furthermore, since the Supreme Court has not yet issued its opinion, what is there to criticize? Is the president privy to a leak of the court's action in its secret session following oral arguments, and he is trying to change that vote?

Evan Alevizatos Chriss, Baltimore

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