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Can Roberts Save His Supreme Court From Partisanship?

Microphones are set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Microphones are set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Speaking in September to law students in Nebraska, Chief Justice John Roberts said the U.S. Supreme Court needs to avoid the partisan rancor that has enveloped the other two branches of government.

“I don’t want it to spill over and affect us,” he said. “That’s not the way we do business. We’re not Democrats or Republicans in how we go about it.”