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Justice Roberts

Posted: September 19, 2013 7:01 a.m.
Updated: September 20, 2013 1:00 a.m.

One of the offshoots of our politically divided nation is a similarly divided Supreme Court. We would all like to think that justices ponder every case on its own merits without letting political philosophy jaundice their thinking, but that is not the case. And most justices appointed in recent years can be reliably predicted to come down on a particular side of an issue; that often revolves around so-called liberal or conservative doctrine. The “swing vote” justice is becoming a rare breed, indeed.

Chief Justice John Roberts surprised almost everyone -- “stunned” might be a better word to describe reaction on the right -- last year when he voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which has commonly come to be known as Obamacare. All eyes will soon be on him as the high court considers limits on federal election campaign contributions. Justices are being asked to eliminate the amount wealthy donors can give to federal candidates, parties and political action committees. Some say in boiling such a case down to its simplest elements, it becomes the right of free speech vs. the right to control political corruption.

Many expect Roberts to automatically come down against such a limit, but he has expressed strong opinions in the past about Uncle Sam’s interest in preventing corruption. With most of the other justices firmly lined up on one side or the other, Roberts could become the deciding vote, as he was in Obamacare. It sets up an interesting scenario.

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