Chief Justice Roberts

Chief Justice Roberts

Chief Justice Roberts is a Republican with a conservative constitutionalist approach and has a strong respect for precedent or stare decisis. Roberts became Chief Justice appointed by George W. Bush after the sudden death of Rehnquist in 2005.  

Since Roberts replaced conservative Rehnquist the ideological balance of the court did not change. However, shortly after the addition of Alito to replace Sandra Day O’Conner made the court more conservative as noted by a series of 5-4 decisions. Kennedy was the pivot point however, swinging between conservative and liberal in these decisions.  

Many people are concerned for the overturn of Roe v. Wade as it is tenuously hinged on the inherent right to privacy. Roberts adds to this apprehension by not explicitly stating whether or not he would overturn the case, but saying instead “Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land…. There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent, as well as Casey.” 

In private practice, he worked for Hogan & Hartson, a firm that advised the Bush campaign during the Florida election recount. He is most known for is the United States vs. Microsoft anti-trust case, representing 19 states.  

Roberts grew up in a practicing Catholic family and is a Republican. He went to Harvard for his undergraduate studies and to Harvard Law for his legal degree. His wife is also a lawyer and they have two (adopted) children. 

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