Notable and Cited: Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Roe

26 July 2022 at 18.16 ET

Chief Justice John Roberts walks to the Senate chamber in the Capitol building on January 16, 2020.


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Joan Biskupic writes for, July 26:

Chief Justice John Roberts lobbied privately with conservative colleagues to save the constitutional right to abortion to the bitter end, but May’s unprecedented leak of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade made the effort all but impossible, said multiple sources who are privy to negotiations, to CNN.

It seems unlikely that Roberts’ top prospect — Justice Brett Kavanaugh — ever came close to switching his former vote, despite Roberts’ attempts that continued through the final weeks of the session. . . . Roberts’ persuasive efforts, difficult even from the start, were thwarted by the sudden public nature of the situation. . . .

The two men have known each other since the early 1990s, when they both worked in the George HW Bush administration. . . . They share similar Roman Catholic roots, prep school backgrounds and Ivy League educations (Roberts, Harvard; Kavanaugh, Yale). They now live so close together in Maryland that abortion rights protesters sometimes go to both homes on the same night.

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Appeared in the print edition on 27 July 2022 as ‘Notable & Quotable: Roberts’.

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