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The Impact of the Roberts Court

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for The National Law Journal, frequent guest on the PBS NewsHour, and author of The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution, looks at the ideological divides on the Supreme Court and how they play out on cases involving guns, health care, corporate "citizenship" and racial preferences.

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Comments [3]

The Real Price of the 2000 Election

John Roberts (nom. 2005 after Rehnquist's death) as CJ and Samuel Alito (nom. 2006) would never have been nominated for SCOTUS if SCOTUS had STAYED OUT of the 2000 election.

Why?

The Florida recounts would never have finished before the safe harbor date and the Florida legislature would have awarded the electors (and thus the White House)to Bush. The 'bad taste' from this would have emboldened and angered Democrats and Independents and Bush's one-term would have been seen as illegitimate. Could he have engineered us into Iraq any way? Hard to call.

The subsequent Democratic President would never have nominated Roberts. Imagine the outlook for a nation without Roberts and Alito but less political justices on the bench. (or the revolution would already have begun.)

May. 15 2013 10:47 AM
Joe from nearby

Worst USSC majority since Dred Scott.

Worst chief justice since Taney.

May. 15 2013 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

Marcia Coyle rules!

May. 15 2013 10:32 AM

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