Skip to comments.Roberts's Rules (pretty much explains his decision...)
Posted on 07/01/2012 4:55:28 PM PDT by nerdgirl
Some of the least successful chief justices, Roberts suggested, had faltered because they misunderstood the job, approaching it as law professors rather than as leaders of a collegial Court. Harlan Fiske Stone, a former dean of Columbia Law School, was a case in point. Stone was a failure as chief, because of his misperception of what a chief justice is supposed to be, Roberts said, gesturing to the justices private conference room through an open door of his office. Its his desk out there that is separate from the conference table, and he sat at his desk, and the others were at the table, and he almost called on them and critiqued their performances. They hated that. Roberts laughed. As a result, he was a failure as a chief justice.
In Robertss view, the most successful chief justices help their colleagues speak with one voice. Unanimous, or nearly unanimous, decisions are hard to overturn and contribute to the stability of the law and the continuity of the Court; by contrast, closely divided, 54 decisions make it harder for the public to respect the Court as an impartial institution that transcends partisan politics.
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I sensed he was trouble when he bungled the Presidential Oath.