In Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Minnesota’s ban on political apparel in polling places, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. showed once again he is the justice steering the court through challenges under the First Amendment and making that a crucial part of his legacy.

A rough count of the Roberts Court’s First Amendment rulings reveals that Roberts has written more majority opinions than any of his colleagues, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, perhaps the closest to a First Amendment absolutist on the bench.

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