Rep. Grayson: John Roberts out of touch with 21st century

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) believes Chief Justice John Roberts is living in the past.

During an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Grayson said both Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy feel "like they are being dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st Century..."

Grayson's remark came amid a panel discussion on the justices' questions during oral arguments on a case (City of Ontario v. Quon) involving the privacy rights of police officers.

Kennedy inquired what would happen if a text message was sent to someone who was sending a text at that same moment. Kennedy reportedly asked, “Does it say: ‘Your call is important to us, and we will get back to you?’”

Roberts asked what was the difference between an e-mail and a pager. Some say Roberts's comments were taken out of context, asserting he was asking that question as it relates to privacy rights.

Matthew Continetti of the conservative-leaning Weekly Standard said too much is being made of Roberts' statement, adding that the chief justice "is not a techno-geek."


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