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Court Watchers Predict a Roberts School Opinion

Posted May 29, 2007 10:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Supreme Court watchers are looking at the numbers to predict that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will write a 5-4 majority decision striking down school admission plans in Louisville and Seattle.

The formula, according to the Washington Post, is to divide the number of decisions issued this term by the number each justice has written, taking into account when the case was argued.

Every justice has written an opinion from the argument session that ended Dec. 5, except for Roberts and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Only three decisions from that session have not yet been announced, and Roberts will most likely assign the two school cases to himself, the reasoning goes.


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