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Chief Justice Roberts' New Role on High Court: Swing Vote

Chief Justice Roberts' New Role on High Court: Swing Vote
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By    |   Friday, 29 June 2018 11:11 AM

The seismic shift poised to hit the Supreme Court potentially puts John Roberts in a new role, one that could make him one of the "most powerful chief justices in history," SCOTUS experts tell The Washington Post.

That new role: swing vote.

"With four presumably reliable conservative votes, he'll be in a unique position to decide where, how far, and how fast, the court goes," Gregory Garre, solicitor general under President George W. Bush, told the Post.

"If the president, as everyone expects, nominates a conservative to fill Justice Kennedy's seat, the spotlight will shift to the chief justice, who will be viewed, rightly or wrongly, as the swing justice," Thomas Dupree, a former top Bush Justice Department official, told Fox News.

"In many ways, I think this would be a role the chief justice would welcome. He's played this role before," Dupree said.

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy earlier this week paves the way for President Donald Trump to nominate another conservative and originalist jurist to the High Court in the mold of Neil Gorsuch last year.

Once confirmed, whoever it is, Roberts will find himself in the role of potentially casting a decisive 5th vote, much the way Kennedy had done, riling both conservatives and liberals.

"This will put the chief in more of a swing justice role, and make him one of the most powerful chief justices in recent history," Garre told the Post.

Abortion rights, gay marriage, voter laws and affirmative action all hang in the balance.

"The lesson of 2018 seems to be it can always get worse," Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, told the Post. "And it did."

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