Chief Justice John Roberts may not think much of legal scholarship coming out of the academy these days, but judges do read law reviews.
Obamacare is six years old, and has been fully implemented now for two years, with one big exception. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts, in being the fifth vote to uphold the law back in 2012, tried to save a scrap of his conservative credibility by carving out a big exception: Medicaid expansion. Show More Summary
Josh Duggar's problems continue: he is being sued by the guy whose pic he used in his Ashley Madison profile. [Jezebel] Republican statehouses have been doing what they can to make Chief Justice John Roberts look dumb. [Lawyers, Guns and Money] Zika might be changing American opinions on abortion. Show More Summary
"Breyer wrote that he joined in granting the stay, as well as recalling the mandate of the appeals court decision, 'as a courtesy' because four other justices — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas,...Show More Summary
To the editor: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s “efforts to keep the court separate from the poisonous partisan politics of Washington” have a long way to go if he wants the Supreme Court to move on after it voted along political lines in favor of George W. Bush in Bush vs. Gore, which decided...
“There is no doubt that this case is distasteful; it may be worse than that. But our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns.” — Chief Justice John Roberts, McDonnell v. United States (unanimous opinion) Everyone agrees that what former Republican Virginia Gov. Show More Summary
Three years ago, the Supreme Court handed down a crushing ruling in the landmark case Shelby v. Holder (pdf). For reasons still mostly unclear to me (Chief Justice John Roberts partially opined that key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were “extraordinary measures” no longer needed because America’s legacy on race “had changed”), Section 5 of the […]
"Nonsense." That's how Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. described the contention that Georgia prosecutors had not been motivated by race when they weeded out every potential black juror from a 1987 death penalty trial. Roberts penned the majority opinion in Foster v. Show More Summary
In 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts led the U.S. Supreme Court in upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "It is not our job," Roberts wrote in National Federation of Independent Business v.Show More Summary
Since the death of Antonin Scalia, the court has appeared more diminished than deadlocked under the agreement-seeking leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Bob Barnes for WaPo: Stevens, who was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, mentioned a dozen times in the opinion that it was based on “the record” in the case. “I learned a … Continue reading ...
Fascinating Linda Greenhouse in the NYT: Do you hold Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. responsible for the ascendancy of Donald Trump? The thought never crossed your mind? Then you probably haven’t been reading the conservative blogosphere, where Chief Justice … Continue reading ?
"The thought never crossed your mind? Then you probably haven’t been reading the conservative blogosphere...."
Was Chief Justice John Roberts' unconvincing opinion affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate driven by bad faith? Or was it instead grounded in a coherent but incorrect conception of judicial duty?...Show More Summary
Ilya Shapiro argues at The Federalist that some of the blame for the rise of Donald Trump belongs to Chief Justice Roberts’ 2012 opinion in the Obamacare case, NFIB v. Sebelius. To a lot of readers, this probably sounds far-fetched. But I think Shapiro’s argument inadvertently reveals something important about Trump’s rise. Show More Summary
Virginia’s former governor Bob McDonnell gets his day in court. It was a good one: “With Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy energetically taking apart the verdict — and, with it, the laws used by the prosecution — the prospect of imminent prison for McDonnell appeared to have visibly […]
Marcia Coyle for NLJ: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on Wednesday singled out an amicus brief, filed by Democratic and Republican former White House counsel, in support of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. “I think it’s extraordinary that those people agree … Continue reading ?
For the first time, Chief Justice John Roberts Tuesday used a language other than English in the formal ceremony admitting attorneys to the Supreme Court Bar: American Sign Language.
When it comes to Supreme Court oral arguments, sometimes the justices’ questions feel more like answers with a question mark at the end. At oral argument in United States v. Texas, the questions asked by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely key votes in the case, seemed like real questions. Show More Summary
Conservatives are worried that Chief Justice John Roberts will side with the Obama Administration on the president's immigration amnesty plan. Arguments begin Monday in United States v. Texas. The first question being considered is standing, if the Supreme Court should be hearing the case at all. Show More Summary