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The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021. Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Credit: Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Judges Say They Aren’t Partisan, But Are They Political?

Judges love to say how independent and nonpartisan they are. But some legal experts say politics is inherently part of their job.