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U.S. Chief Justice Roberts Overlooked Stock Conflict in Case

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Chief Justice John Roberts. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Chief Justice John Roberts. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Chief Justice John Roberts overlooked a conflict of interest when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected two appeals in an environmental-cleanup case earlier this year.

Roberts took part in the court’s Oct. 5 disposition of the case even though he or a close family member owned stock in Texas Instruments Inc., one of the companies that sought review.