Three times John Roberts has moved left in Supreme Court rulings or held a minority position

When the Supreme Court recently issued an injunction favoring California churches in a coronavirus restrictions dispute, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal minority in dissent.

It was not the first time. Since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, Roberts, more often than not, has voted with the minority when it comes to religious freedom during the pandemic. The minority is a new position for Roberts, who, since being nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005 and confirmed by the Senate, historically has voted with the majority more than any of the other justices currently serving on the court.

But former President Donald Trump’s three appointees,
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