Jeffrey Toobin’s latest book portrays Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as increasingly cranky and partisan — and infuriated with Chief Justice John Roberts over the court’s recent decisions on healthcare and immigration.
Toobin, who writes for The New Yorker and also covers the court for CNN, credits Scalia for a sea change in how both sides of the political spectrum think about the law. But he says the justice’s bombast has become off-putting to more even-tempered colleagues.
Toobin’s latest book, The Oath, chronicling the Roberts court and the Obama presidency, is being released today. Here are five key takeaways:
Scalia ‘furious’ over healthcare and immigration
The book confirms previous reports that Roberts changed his vote in the landmark case over President Obama’s healthcare law after initially siding with the conservative justices. But Toobin reports — as others have implied — that what pushed Roberts away was the conservative justices’ insistence on striking down the entire health law.
“Scalia’s view of the justices as gladiators against the president unnerved Roberts,” Toobin writes.
Read More at The Hill. By Sam Baker.