In a report on Roberts' first decade as chief justice, the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center found him uniformly stingy on standing and generous on forced arbitration. "He has repeatedly emphasized that the role of the courts should be limited, that they’re not there to solve policy debates," says Elizabeth Wydra, the group's president.
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Even Justices Scalia and Thomas have areas (most notably, some areas of criminal procedure) in which their votes are clearly in play. But it’s difficult to say what those areas or cases might be when it comes to Alito. And that’s surely why, 10 years into his tenure, it appears there’s no one to the right of Alito on the current Court.
Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra said Monday that "the Court followed the Constitution's text and history today and ruled for mercy and justice. As the Court reaffirmed today, juveniles are categorically different than adults, and 'children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change,'" Wydra said. "This matters when it comes to sentencing, and the Court was right to recognize that."
"You have to read the entire document and not just the clauses and provisions that you think support your case," said Elizabeth Wydra, [President] of the nonprofit Constitutional Accountability Center, which monitors legal application of the Constitution. The provision cited by Bundy and others is "mostly about the District of Columbia and the idea that there would be the neutral place for the government to be located instead of in an area belonging to a particular state. It's really hard for me to see how that relates to their claims."
As Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center put it, “If the Court didn’t add the question and simply reversed the Fifth Circuit on the APA issue, the district court judge could have then enjoined it again on constitutional grounds, and the Supreme Court would have needed to weigh in yet again.”