During his opening statement at his confirmation hearing, Chief Justice John Roberts told the Senators that his job was to be an umpire:
Judges are like umpires. … The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. … And I will remember that it’s my job to call balls and strikes …
But John Roberts has proven to be a very biased umpire.
Think Progress points to a recent report that the Roberts Court has a strong bias in favor of corporations. The NYTs reports that the Roberts Court rules in favor of Corporations over 61% of the time (a 15% gain over the record of the Rehnquist Court in similar cases). And another study finds that Justices in the Roberts Court are biased in favor of Corporations when compared to Justices of the recent past.
Justice under John Roberts is a two-tiered system. As the charts and graphs over at Think Progress and other recent reporting makes clear it is a rigged game. Workers, the middle class, individual liberty and justice take a back seat to the wants of Corporations as the Roberts Court uses one set of standards for their Galtian Overlords and another for everybody else.
To simplify these studies, I thought it might be useful to create a guide to the different Strike Zones that John Roberts uses to call balls and strikes: