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  • At The Hill, John Kruzel reports that “Chief Justice John Roberts has tried to prevent the Supreme Court from being seen as just another political body, but when he presides over President Trump’s likely impeachment trial in the Senate, the partisan glare will be hard for him to avoid.”
  • At the Harvard Law Review Blog, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy argues that the per curiam opinion this term in Thompson v. Hebdon “is the latest example of the Roberts Supreme Court’s hostility to reasonable money in politics reforms like contribution limits, and its insistence on ignoring empirical data about campaign finance.”
  • At Bloomberg Opinion (via How Appealing), Noah Feldman writes that “[t]he 2010s will go down in history as a contradictory period at the Supreme Court [:] The decade featured one liberal decision — the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges — that will be read as long as the justices’ opinions are taught in law schools,” but it “also saw the emergence of important new libertarian trends in First Amendment law, regarding both free speech and religious liberty, that are widely seen as conservative.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Tuesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 31, 2019, 7:21 AM),