(ConservativeInsider.org) – Chief Justice John Roberts has often provided the swing vote on the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in recent years. But, his latest ruling separated him from the rest of the bench when he filed his first solo dissent, accusing his fellow justices of expanding the power and size of the court beyond what’s appropriate.
The case in question involves an incident where Georgia Gwinnett College stopped two students from freely sharing their religious views and materials on campus. The students sued, and the college paid for the legal fees incurred and updated its policy to protect free speech. However, the students continued the case and asked for $1 in nominal damages, but a lower court said the case was moot.
The case was appealed to SCOTUS, and in an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld that the case was, in fact, not moot and can be continued.
In Justice Roberts’ dissent, he outlined that this ruling “risks a major expansion of the judicial role,” as it opens up new avenues to keep lawsuits alive and bog down the court system when a matter has already been resolved. NPR shared more about the dissent:
Chief Justice John Roberts filed his first solo dissent in nearly 16 years — bluntly accusing his colleagues of a "radical expansion" of the Supreme Court's jurisdiction.
"The court sees no problem with turning judges into advice columnists," he wrote.https://t.co/V5DuDJQL2P
— NPR (@NPR) March 9, 2021
While this SCOTUS decision upheld the right to free speech by a Christian student, it also opened up more opportunities for lawsuits to drag on and get muddled. Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent makes it clear that this decision is a double-edged sword, bringing both good and bad consequences that we’re likely to see in the coming years.
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