“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
In scolding Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. this month, Senator Charles E. Grassley made clear he sees two sides on the court: apolitical and liberal.
From the NYT report:Donald B. Verrilli Jr., the government’s top appellate lawyer... was sharply challenged by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and several of the court’s other members.Justice Anthony M. Kennedy questioned whether the...Show More Summary
Here's part of what’s on the line during Monday's Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama's immigration orders: the reputation of Chief Justice John Roberts. And while that may not interest progressives much, depending...Show More Summary
Conservatives are worried that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. may avoid a position on the divisive case and focus instead on the question of standing.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, who heads up the Judiciary Committee, took to the floor yesterday to criticize Chief Justice John Roberts, who says that politicized confirmation hearings have caused the public to believe the court itself is politicized. Show More Summary