Editor’s Note: Steven M. Klepper of Baltimore’s Kramon & Graham recently delved into the world of comic book and action heroes to honor a Maryland judge with an affinity for action-hero movies. On a blog sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association’s litigation section that he edits, Klepper created action hero avatars for nine retired and deceased U.S. Supreme Court justices. At the NLJ’s request, Klepper agreed to similarly analyze how the sitting justices might take their places in a SCOTUS Justice League.

Alexander Bickel’s famous Supreme Court analogy, “nine scorpions in a bottle,” doesn’t fit the Roberts Court. The dominant story of the last term was unanimity. The justices genuinely like each other. They’re more like a superhero team. They spend a lot of time squabbling, but in the end they’re a team, doling out justice while wearing dark costumes.

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