In an address to Georgetown University law graduates, Chief Justice John Roberts argued on Sunday that more consensus among justices is likely if hot-button issues are decided on the "narrowest possible grounds," adding that the nation benefits if justices can avoid making 5-4 decisions that have sweeping impact. Roberts' comments come as the Court is under attack by members of Congress, who say justices have overreached on decisions involving the death penalty and seizure of homes for economic development.
Roberts: Achieving Consensus Will Limit Supreme Court's Political Role
The Associated Press
May 23, 2006