Courthouse News Service  |  May 10, 2022

“Roberts for many years, for decades really, was the unrivaled leader of the Supreme Court,” Lawrence Gostin, faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Georgetown Law, said in a phone call. “He was an intellectual leader. He was a leader that cast the deciding vote. … He also was able to temper the most extreme views of his fellow justices in an effort to preserve the integrity and stature and legitimacy of the court itself as an institution and to gain public trust in the Supreme Court as an institution. All of those things have collapsed in a heap.”

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