Skip to comments.Roberts, Leader of Supreme Courtís Conservative Majority, Fights Perception That It is Partisan
Posted on 12/23/2018 5:23:06 PM PST by SMGFan
In his first 13 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.s main challenge was trying to assemble five votes to move the court to the right though there were only four reliably conservatives justices.
Now he faces a very different problem. With the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and his replacement by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the chief justice has the votes he needs on issues like abortion, racial discrimination, religion and voting. At the same time, he has taken Justice Kennedys place as the swing vote at the courts ideological center, making him the most powerful chief justice in 80 years.
But all of that new power comes at a dangerous time for the court, whose legitimacy depends on the public perception that it is not a partisan institution. We dont work as Democrats or Republicans, Chief Justice Roberts said in 2016, and he reiterated that position in an extraordinary rebuke of President Trump last month.
He seemed to underscore that point again on Friday, joining the courts four-member liberal wing, all appointed by Democratic presidents, to reject a request from the Trump administration in a case that could upend decades of asylum policy. Earlier this month, he drew sharp criticism from three conservative colleagues for voting to deny review in two cases on efforts to stop payments to Planned Parenthood.
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Roberts is dirty, IMHO.
“Roberts, Leader of Supreme Courts Conservative Majority”
did anyone read past those seven words??
When he starts ruling to restrict government power I well believe it.
Roberts is conservative?
Not a partisan institution? The SCOTUS has ruled for the progressives for over a century. That’s why our country has gone to hell.
No, but once I saw “NYT” I knew it was gonna be pure 100 proof BULLSH*T FAKE ASS NEWS
overall the years his voting record shows he has voted with the 4 in the Conservative majority 5-4 ?
LOL. That horse left the barn decades ago.
Roberts hardly looks like any kind of conservative leader to me
And the other side isnt???
The man has serious health problems with epilepsy.
Being a Bush Amnesty RINO has nothing to do with partisanship.
....Leader of Supreme Courts Conservative Majority
Any justice that writes law from the bench needs to be tried and hanged for treason.
Where do they get such gutless wonders? The reason USSC justices have lifetime appointments is to insulate their decisions from public opinion. What is this guy afraid of?
That libs won’t like him?
Real noble for a Chief Justice to ensure balance between constitutionalists and anti-constitutionalists. What a total puke.
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