Analysis

Chief Justice Roberts Already Wielding Swing Vote

Law360, Washington (March 1, 2019, 7:58 PM EST) -- Following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and confirmation of his replacement, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, to the U.S. Supreme Court, many predicted Chief Justice John Roberts would become the swing vote on the high court — yet few knew how quickly.

Chief Justice Roberts has already been the tie-breaker on a number of controversial cases this term, the first in decades without Justice Kennedy on the bench. Siding with his fellow conservatives in some instances and with the court's liberals in others, the chief justice's newfound influence at the center is quickly becoming clear.

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