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Chief Justice Roberts

Of Overstated Claims of Religious Freedom and Judicial Integrity: Chief Justice John Roberts

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The Roberts Court has been characterized as pro-business. It is, but this is not surprising in a country where 99 percent of the wealth is held by a t...

And Marriage Makes Three: A Gay Rights Trilogy Secures a Legacy

Julie A. Nice | Posted 09.02.2013 | San Francisco
Julie A. Nice

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling this week in U.S. v. Windsor invalidating Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act follows a path carefully forged by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Why a Gay Marriage Backlash Is Unlikely

William D. Blake | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
William D. Blake

Few pundits think that the justices will legalize gay marriage across the board, if for no other reason than the Court's anxiousness over a potential backlash from the public. I believe these fears the justices may hold are misguided.

Ready for Progress

Walker Bragman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Walker Bragman

Denying people the right to marry who they love denies them equal protection under the law because the court has already ruled that the right to marriage is a fundamental right. It's not a complicated issue.

Prediction: 6-3, DOMA and Prop 8 Both Fall; Opinion by Chief Justice Roberts

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Is it improper for the Chief Justice to join a majority to control the tone and scope of the opinion?

Chief Justice Roberts Is Devilishly Clever

Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most people knew Roberts was a smart guy. If this set of thoughts has any merit, he is a lot smarter and cleverer than most people ever imagined. But, that is not all that he was being clever about.

The Supreme Court Dodges a Bullet?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Now that the dust is settling around the Supreme Court's decision upholding national health care, it's possible that the justices saved themselves as well as the Affordable Care Act.

Chief Justice Roberts Did Not 'Call Balls and Strikes' in His Health Care Decision

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Any appellate judge will tell you that there are some decisions "that just won't write". A judge will vote for a particular outcome, be assigned the opinion, and then find that he or she is unable to support the outcome and switches sides.

Has America's Fire Been Contained?

Ethan Casey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Books
Ethan Casey

I've been intending to share a sketch of the itinerary I'm planning for my drive around the USA this fall for my next book, but that keeps getting overtaken by events. I'm starting to get used to the idea that this might be the way it goes for any of us from now on.

The Affordable Care Act, Yogi Berra, and a Tax Is Not a Tax

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Remember, too, achieving and maintaining the health of a person in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Romney provided its citizens when he signed into law "Romneycare" is no different than what every citizen wants to see related to his or her health!

BOTH SIDES: SCOTUS 'Hearts' POTUS on Health & Hispanics, But Confuses Metaphor With Reality on Personhood

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgWas this week a political inflection point because of decisions on ACA, Arizona "papers please" and corporations as "people"?

See Something, Say Something

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.

Hope Rules! On the Supreme Court's Ruling on Obamacare

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Chief Justice Roberts demonstrated that one person's out-of-the-box, thoughtful approach to a complex problem can change an outcome and save lives. The decision offers hope at three levels.

The Obamacare Surprise: Chief Justice Roberts' Brilliance as Institutional Strategist

Peter M. Shane | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Of the many dozens of predictions I had heard, many foresaw a 5-4 vote, but I know of no one who expected a 5-4 vote in favor of the individual mandate that would align Chief Justice John Roberts alone with the Court's four more liberal justices.

Justice Roberts' Extremely Conservative Obamacare Opinion

Chris Ladd | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Chris Ladd

This ruling may be a disappointment. However, if we are serious about having the courts exercise greater respect for the separation of powers, then we have to embrace that philosophy even when it's politically inconvenient.

'The Broccoli Horrible': Ginsburg Shreds Roberts

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

When all the dust settled, the individual mandate is constitutional. But it is nonetheless worth understanding the disagreement about the reach of the Commerce Clause.

The U.S. Supreme Court: Health Care, Immigration, Juvenile Justice and More

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Today, in a long and complicated ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. This is an important victory for millions of uninsured people in our country and ultimately a triumph of the common good.

Clues From Arizona Immigration Ruling on Individual Mandate Fate

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Court has already handed opponents of the law all the tools they need, i.e., Citizens United, to repeal the law through elections while leaving themselves the option of overturning it in 2014 if the right-wing is unable to purchase the Congress and president it wants.

Baseball 2012 Has Started, With Chief Justice Roberts as Umpire in Chief

Andrew D. Gilman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Andrew D. Gilman

Dear Chief Justice Roberts, aka, Umpire in Chief: Let the elected Congress play the game. Precedent holds that Congress has acted within its power; changes should come from Congress revising or keeping a law, not a court creating new rules.

Mike Sacks

President Obama Locks Horns With Chief Justice Roberts

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Looking to a Supreme Court decision in the health care case months away, President Barack Obama has locked horns with Chief Justice John...

A True Limiting Principle for the Supreme Court Justices

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

If one looks at where the federal government has intervened in commerce under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, it's primarily in situations involving very significant market failure.

Obama's Odds of Winning the Health Care Ruling: 37%

Kent Greenfield | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

It is both customary and folly for Supreme Court watchers to predict outcomes of Supreme Court cases based on oral argument. So let me engage in the customary folly.

Mike Sacks

Chief Justice Roberts' Defense Doesn't Persuade Court Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts used his annual year-end report to defend his colleagues' integrity, but that defense did not move prominent ...

Mike Sacks

WATCH: Supreme Court To Hear Strange Bedfellow, Riverbed Cases This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

The Supreme Court rounds out its December sitting this week with a couple of cases rife with ex-bedfellows, strange bedfellows and riverbeds. Monda...

Mike Sacks

Chief Justice Roberts Defends Scalia's Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's 9th Circuit smackdown season at the Supreme Court and, judging from Tuesday morning's oral arguments, Richard Lee Pollard could be ...