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Did Justice Roberts Trade Votes with Justice Kennedy?

Did Justice Roberts trade votes with Justice Kennedy in the Arizona decision handed down Monday? I certainly hope so, for he would have struck a blow for constitutional conservatism. I will explain:

English: Justice Anthony Kennedy, 2009.

English: Justice Anthony Kennedy, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Official 2005 photo of Chief Justice John G. R...

Official 2005 photo of Chief Justice John G. Roberts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of ...

English: Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many Court observers have expressed surprise at Chief Justice Roberts joining the majority opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy, which struck down three of four provisions at issue with Arizona’s S.B. 1070 and left the fourth on life support in terms of jurisprudence, and all but dead in terms of practice.

As Justice Scalia noted in a dissent that was animated even by Scalia standards, the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona et al. v. United States unquestionably dealt a serious blow to state sovereignty. This has many conservatives asking how a purportedly conservative justice could have sided, particularly in such an important case, not just with Justice Kennedy, but with the Court’s left wing.

Ben Shapiro at Breitbart speculates:……..

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via Did Justice Roberts Trade Votes with Justice Kennedy?.

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