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John Roberts Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court speaking in 2007. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ National Law Journal

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., in what observers said was his first solo dissent in an argued case, leveled unusually sharp criticism on his fellow justices for risking a “radical extension of judicial power” in a religious speech ruling Monday.

“The court sees no problem with turning judges into advice columnists,” Roberts wrote in the case Uzuegbunam v. Presczewski.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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