Chief Justice John Roberts Doesn’t Know What Email Is

United States Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. doesn’t know the difference between email and a pager. I find this troubling. A man in an extremely powerful position being unfamiliar with basic technology that millions of Americans use every day?!? Come on!!! According to Lawyers USA:

The first sign was about midway through the argument, when Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. — who is known to write out his opinions in long hand with pen and paper instead of a computer — asked what the difference was “between email and a pager?”

Wow. Initially I was going to dismiss it as some old guy being out of touch, but I vaguely recalled that Roberts isn’t all that old. I looked up his age and discovered that he’s only 55. Surely a 55-year old man should know what email is, right? Does anyone else find this tidbit as disturbing as I do? Or am I just overreacting?


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14 thoughts on “Chief Justice John Roberts Doesn’t Know What Email Is”

  1. He has to be joking. Well if he isn't i don't think it's a necessity for a Justice to know what e-mail is unless a trial is using them as evidence. He'll be fine.

  2. Well… Maybe Chief Justice John Roberts still has a pager.

    Him and people waiting for transplants… that's it.

  3. @All

    Yep they call 'em burners, get a pre paid phone burn all the minutes and get another, haven't you watched the Wire?

  4. @tokz

    He and a few of the other justices are trying to distinguish between email/tweets/texts when you read the source. Hence the query of "what's the difference?"

    They are trying to parcel out if they are one and the same since they are electronic text communications.

  5. It worries me that these people don't keep up on technological advances enough to know the differences between these things. They keep up on domestic and international laws, wars, drugs, any other pressing domestic issue that you can think of, one of the justices is nationally renowned due to her work with the MLB a few years back…technology is becoming ever important in the courts, and they should know the difference. It does worry me that they didn't ask questions about these things until during the oral arguments. Even if they were only trying to determine the differences between all of those things, it's called preliminary research.

  6. @Smartguy

    Yeah, I understand what you were saying about comparisons, but I still feel like it is something that people with the amount of power that they hold with concern to making decisions on those objects should know before they begin a conversation on those objects. I completely understand the post that you made towards Tokz, but that in my opinion is like not doing your preliminary research. You wouldn't enter in to a debate without knowing what you were talking about would you? I just feel like this is similar.

  7. @Smartguy

    Not to be confusing, because I just saw that my first sentence could be confusing, I was clarifying that I had read the source and your comment earlier as well. Just wanted to make sure that was clear.

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