By Bill Blum
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
This piece originally appeared on The Progressive.
When Chief Justice John Roberts steps down from the Supreme Court years from now, how will he be remembered?
Many of his current admirers think (or at least hope) that it will be for defending judicial independence against the Trump Administration’s disdain for the rule of law. He did, for example, cast the deciding votes to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in 2012 and in last year’s decision preventing the Trump Administration from adding a Census question about citizenship.
But whatever examples there will be of Roberts serving as guardian of the third branch of government, his legacy will also have a darker side.
Among all jurists of the twenty-first century, Roberts arguably will go down as the foremost enabler of voting manipulation and voter suppression. He will be remembered for writing the 5-4 majority decision earlier this year in Rucho v. Common Cause, holding that federal courts have no jurisdiction over political gerrymandering—the practice of drawing state voting districts to benefit the political party in power.
Among all jurists of the twenty-first…