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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How Amy Coney Barrett Will Influence the Supreme Court

How Amy Coney Barrett Will Influence the Supreme Court

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on September 26, 2020)

Pesident Trump announced last week that his nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be a woman. According to early reports, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is seen as the favorite to replace Ginsburg. Recent reports have confirmed her selection.

At just 48 years old, Barrett is likely to be the youngest woman to be nominated to the Court as well as the second-youngest Justice to be nominated overall. Aside from the inevitable Senate battle that’s likely to ensue in the coming weeks, the Louisiana native has been seen as a rising star among many religious conservatives. Barrett’s exact influence on the Court remains to be seen. If confirmed, her presence would give conservatives a major win from a SCOTUS term marred by equally major losses on the high court. It will have an immeasurable influence for decades to come.

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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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