U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on Thursday dismissed criticisms of the court’s handling of its so-called shadow docket, including its recent Texas abortion order, as “not serious” and often “rank nonsense.”

The justice, in a lecture sponsored by Notre Dame Law School and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, dissected 10 criticisms that he said have been made by media and politicians in the last few months about the court’s rulings on emergency applications in general, and those concerning the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium, Texas’ six-week abortion ban and the immigration policy know as the Remain in Mexico program.