Chief Justice John Roberts: SCOTUS’s Unforeseen Umpire

Chief Justice John Roberts: SCOTUS’s Unforeseen Umpire

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on October 12, 2020)

To say Chief Justice John Roberts holds tremendous influence on American jurisprudence would be a dramatic understatement to those who routinely follow the Supreme Court. His leadership and moderate conservatism have shaped the way the American justice system is today and provide a hopeful future for those — on both sides of the political spectrum — looking to also make a substantial impact on the legal system.

Yet underneath all of this enormous clout lies a man whose judicial philosophy is as mysterious as it is compelling. Chief Justice Roberts may be viewed as a maverick to some, but what exactly is his judicial philosophy? What kind of leader is he? And what do we make of his Court if this era of political polarization continues? 

It may be difficult to pinpoint exactly the type of Chief Justice he is, but throughout all of his experiences, it seems that John Roberts may just be the type of Chief Justice Americans have been looking for.

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The Supreme Court term that Trump and Conservatives hated

The Supreme Court term that Trump and Conservatives hated

|By Alexander Heller| (Published on July 10, 2020)

Back in October of 2019, conservatives were rightfully optimistic about this year’s Supreme Court term. Justice Neil Gorsuch began to be seen as the most hardline supporter in the conservative block and Justice Brett Kavanaugh would finally begin his first full term on the bench.

Conservatives were fully prepared to reap the benefits of its unprecedented influence on the judiciary, but just as arguments began to be heard cracks started to take shape. Chief Justice Roberts was no longer the solid vote conservatives long since viewed him as, and the true judicial philosophies of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh didn’t sit well with many on the right.

It wouldn’t be until late March when the most conservative Supreme Court in a generation would hand conservatives their biggest losing streak in recent memory. In a sheer stroke of luck, it seems that liberals finally have the momentum they’ve been looking for.

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Trump is on track to confirm more judges than any other president in their first term

Trump is on track to confirm more judges than any other president in their first term

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on June 14, 2020)

After an unprecedented rise to the presidency nearly four years ago, President Trump has presided over an equally unprecedented rate of judicial confirmations from Senate Republicans and himself. 1 in 4 circuit court judges are now Trump appointees, cementing a legacy that’s likely going to see [and ensure] a conservative tilt for decades to come.

Regardless of what the outcome will be in November’s election, Trump’s rate of judicial confirmations will probably never be seen again for at least a generation. As of June 13th, Trump is itching close to confirm the second-most federal judges in a president’s first term, and Senate Republicans are determined to keep up the pace.

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Powerful, peaceful and prayerful protests in New Jersey contrast the rest of the US

Powerful, peaceful and prayerful protests in New Jersey contrast the rest of the US

| By Greg Scharen and Alexander Heller | (Published on June 2, 2020)

Chants, songs and prayers filled the air on Monday, as people flooded the Asbury Park Post Office to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. Words of prayer and unity were given by speakers that aimed to inspire the crowd to, “go home and do something!”

In a strong display of unity, people began to chant “Let us march!” With the entire crowd of protesters taking to the street, signs in hand, to have their voices heard. While making their way into the streets, Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” was sung from the Post Office steps throughout the crowd.

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