For most Supreme Court watchers, the jury is still out on how conservative the Roberts Court will be. Some of the still-pending blockbuster rulings — “partial-birth” abortion and the use of race in public school class assignments, to name two — will shed light on the question. But even then, the answer may not be certain, especially if they produce fractured or extremely narrow rulings.

First Amendment attorney and legal analyst Martin Garbus, however, is not waiting for any jury, metaphorical or otherwise, before he proclaims the Roberts Court guilty as charged for upending the Bill of Rights and turning the constitutional clock back, more or less, to the Paleozoic Era.