More than once recently, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has said that one of his goals is to achieve greater unanimity on the Supreme Court -- even if it means deciding cases narrowly. But last week it became clear that the Court is not even unanimous on whether Roberts' goal is realistic or worth pursuing. During a public debate, Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer both sounded dubious. "There are a lot of good reasons for narrow opinions, but one of them is not to get nine votes," Scalia said.
Scalia, Breyer Debate Unanimity on the High Court
December 13, 2006