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Mighty voice, weak role TIME ONLINE


The way from the top
United States Court of Justice to the Capitol is not far. Just
a few steps separate the two opulent buildings in the center of
Washington, D.C. A short walk through the cold winter air, nothing more.

Still, John Roberts will use a chauffeur when he leaves the headquarters of the
Judiciary brought to the Senate Chamber on the other side of First Street
becomes. The limousine is said to be the safety of the presiding judge of the US Supreme
Courts guarantee, but the journey behind darkened windows has for
a positive side effect for lawyers. For a fleeting moment
she withdraws him from the public eye before the eyes of the world look at him
will be judged. Eventually, Roberts will in the coming days and
Weeks one of the most spectacular events in American history
lead: the impeachment process against US President Donald Trump.

It is a role in which
Roberts should not feel comfortable. The Chief Justice is considered someone who
prefer to do his work in closed rooms, away from the public
and the ubiquitous cameras in Washington’s government district. That's the way it is
the judge succeeded, despite now 15 years in one of the most powerful offices
of the United States largely unknown to the general public
stay. Just 14 percent of Americans can spontaneously use his name

About its actual
This figure says very little influence. Since US President George W. Bush Roberts nominated for the Supreme Court in 2005, has overlooked
the lawyer made a profound conservative reorganization of American law.
Under his aegis, the Supreme Court gave way to campaign finance rules
, took protective measures from the Voting Rights Act, one of the core laws
the civil rights movement, liberalized arms law and weakened it
Position of unions. Roberts supported each of these judgments. With
his self – description as an impartial arbitrator, who the
Just monitor rules, but do not issue new ones, this balance hardly fits

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"The independent judiciary is something we should all be grateful for"

Still, the chief wants
Justice cannot be perceived as an ideologist. The court's call is to him
important, from his point of view it should not be too biased. Therefore allowed
In the past, Roberts has also repeatedly voted by the
deviated from conservative orthodoxy. His voice was crucial when the Supreme Court before eight
Years ago, Barack Obama's health care reform saved from the downfall. Also
last summer he received a submission from the Trump administration that the
US census would have added a question about citizenship – one
Government's main concern.

With the president
It didn't exactly make Roberts popular. Already in the election campaign buttoned up
Trump before the judge, criticized his vote for Obamacare, called him one
"absolute disaster". Roberts endured the attacks. Only when
Trump, meanwhile president, repeatedly attacked the courts when
his government suffered legal defeats, announced
the Chief Justice spoke up: "We have no Obama judges, no Trump judges,
no Bush judges and no Clinton judges, "Roberts said." What we have is
an exceptional group of dedicated judges who will do their best to
to make fair decisions to them. The independent judiciary is
something we should all be grateful for. "For Roberts' sake came
these words resemble a resounding slap in the face.

Trump of all people, however, strengthened Robert's power. By calling the
Both judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the President has moved the Supreme Court further to the right. With this, Roberts, a lawyer from the
conservative legal tradition and veteran of the Reagan and
Bush governments, now the court's ideological center. In
the chairman now has the decisive voice in controversial questions. Goes against him


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