Supreme Court’s Roberts is the new man at the ‘center’

Supreme Court's Roberts is the new man at the 'center'
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is the Supreme Court’s new man in the middle. It’s just that the middle may have moved well to the right.

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy means Roberts probably will be the conservative justice closest to the court’s four liberals, allowing him to control where it comes down in some of its most contentious cases.

Kennedy played a similar role for many years — his votes on gay rights, abortion, the death penalty, the environment, voting rights and affirmative action basically determined the outcome of cases on a divided court.

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