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Court Leader or Leading Dissenter? Chief Justice’s Fate Tied to Election

A pick by President Obama or Hillary Clinton would put Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the minority in many close cases, or even nudge him to the left.

In Philadelphia, Justices Roll Back Clock to 1794

Unable to resolve today’s major cases with a deadlocked Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts escaped Monday to 18th century Philadelphia’s Old City Hall, where the Supreme Court met before Washington, D.C., was established.

Carla Hayden becomes the first woman, first black to lead Library of Congress

Topic: Librarians Chief Justice John Roberts is slated to swear in Carla Hayden on Wednesday to lead the Library of Congress, the world's largest library, created in 1800 by President John Adams. Hayden, 64, the first woman and the first...Show More Summary

Why Didn’t Justice Kennedy Go to Salzburg This Summer?

Fix the Court has tracked the Justices’ summer travel, but this from their email blast caught my eye (in bold, my emphasis): Supreme Court justices’ travel – summer 2016 Chief Justice John Roberts No public events   Justice Anthony Kennedy … Continue reading ?

Ranking Law Professors by Judicial Impact

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 six years later: 10 million still uninsured, thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts

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

Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.16

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

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

Justice Breyer joins the conservatives in staying an order requiring schools to allow a transgender student to use the bathroom that fits his gender identity.

"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

Hey, Ginsburg critics, the Supreme Court is already political

2 months agoHealth : LA Times: Health

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...

Unanimous Supreme Court overturns former Gov. McDonnell's corruption conviction: An inside view

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

“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

3 Years Later, the Ghosts of Shelby Still Haunt Us

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 […]

The Supreme Court Just Sent a Strong Message About Racism in the Justice System

"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

The Individualist Constitution: New at Reason

4 months agoNews : Reason

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

News Analysis: Consensus Is the Supreme Court’s New Majority

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.

“Stevens says Supreme Court decision on voter ID was correct, but maybe not right”

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 ...

“Blaming the Chief Justice

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 ?

"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...."

Bad Faith or Bad Principle? On Chief Justice Roberts, the Affordable Care Act and Judicial Restraint

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

No, Chief Justice John Roberts Did Not Give Rise To Donald Trump

5 months agoNews : Huffington Post

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

Morning Bits

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 […]

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