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Chief Justice John Roberts: Activist Judge [SCotUS thread]

ToxTox I kill threadshe/himRegistered User regular
New Supreme Court decision just released

So here in MURIKA™ we got this thing called the Supreme Court (SCotUS)

And who's in charge of this operation?
This guy. Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States. Recognize.

Roberts' is generally regarded as a conservative who was appointed by Bush. Originally intended to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, Roberts was "promoted" to appointee for Chief Justice when the sitting Chief, William Rehnquist, died.

But now that's all changed. Roberts has twice voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare). In both cases this was regarded as an activist decision by some, and an extremely canny political navigator by others. Notably, in both ACA-related cases, the decision was 6-3, Roberts voted with the majority, and wrote the majority opinion.

Among other points, Roberts offered the following:
Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them...If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.
The context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase...

Scalia, who wrote the dissenting opinion had this to say:
It rewrites the law to make the tax credits available everywhere...We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare

In upcoming/related news, the Court is also set to announce a decision on marriage equality. Watch this space for more.

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  • ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    @Bobkins Flymo ...fuck the police?

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  • KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    Scalia is so salty

  • So It GoesSo It Goes We keep moving...Registered User regular
    Same sex marriage decision will probably be tomorrow or Monday. the court is announcing opinions tomorrow and has the option to also announce Monday. is the best place to get information on SCOTUS decisions

    They will have "plain english" articles about the today's decisions up later today

  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    Notorious R.B.G. represent.

    Looking forward to mandatory gay marriage across the U.S. tomorrow.

  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    I just double-checked to make sure I was still in SE+ and didn't accidentally wander into D&D.

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  • BogeyBogey I'm back, baby! Santa Monica, CAModerator mod
    edited June 2015
    Sorry, we usually take breaks between Politics threads, and the last one just ended last week. If you really want to continue the discussion, please head over to the thread in D&D.

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