CBS News: Roberts switched his vote on Obamacare

They cite "anonymous sources" for this information, and it begs the question of why, if others working for the court knew of this, it didn't come out before the decision? What CBS is basically saying is that it was outside pressure on Roberts that caused him to pull the most consequential switcheroo in court history: Over the next six weeks, as Roberts began to craft the decision striking down the mandate, the external pressure began to grow. Roberts almost certainly was aware of it. Some of the conservatives, such as Justice Clarence Thomas, deliberately avoid news articles on the Court when issues are pending (and avoid some publications altogether, such as The New York Times). They've explained that they don't want to be influenced by outside opinion or feel pressure from outlets that are perceived as liberal. But Roberts pays attention to media coverage. As Chief Justice, he is keenly aware of his leadership role on the Court, and he also is sensitive to how the Court is...(Read Full Post)