All eyes on Benedict Roberts as Supreme Court term wraps up
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As the Supreme Court term winds down, Chief Justice John Roberts is being closely watched as he shepherds opinions in some hot-button cases involving executive power and religious freedom through their final drafts.
Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005, Roberts vowed during his confirmation hearings to act as an umpire, calling balls and strikes but not taking sides. In the majority of the court’s most contentious opinions during his time at the helm, Roberts has voted with the conservative wing. However, he scored lavish praise from liberals when he authored the opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act.
Since then, the love from the left has dissipated. Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, said, “When you look beyond the high profile decision in the Affordable Care Act, the Roberts court is undeniably conservative and the chief himself has led the court in an undeniably ideological conservative direction.”
Roberts has taken heat from the left for decisions on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act, campaign finance and prayer at public meetings. Thomas Dupree, Jr., a former Justice Department official who now argues before the Supreme Court, said, “I think the liberals who are critical of those decisions have now viewed the ObamaCare ruling as far off in the distance and (are) not cutting Chief Justice Roberts a lot of slack.”