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Impeachment Trial, Divisive Cases Hang Over Chief Justice

Law360, Washington (January 1, 2020, 12:04 PM EST) -- Long before he was the chief justice of the United States, John Roberts Jr. was a rising star in the U.S. Supreme Court bar.

But few people who saw the young Hogan & Hartson lawyer deliver his poised arguments to the justices in the late 1980s and ‘90s knew that he battled a bad case of nerves. Roberts had to grip the sides of the lectern to prevent his hands from shaking, according to his latest biography, “The Chief,” by veteran Supreme Court journalist Joan Biskupic.

“Once on his feet, grasping the sides of the lectern, he could keep his nerves...

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