Chief Justice Roberts Accuses Obama Administration Lawyer of Being Disingenuous

TAMs have been aware of the “disingenuous” Obama Administration only we call it lying!

From Thomson Reuters News & Insight: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts publicly dressed down an Obama administration lawyer on Tuesday, demanding that he be upfront about policy changes from one president to another and not hide behind language suggesting something else.

It wasn't the first time some of the nine justices had questioned the consistency of positions taken by the Office of the Solicitor General, which argues cases on the government's behalf. Tuesday's critique accusing the office of effectively camouflaging a new position may be the harshest yet.

Roberts said he objected to the administration's failure in a court filing to acknowledge directly that its secretary of labor had reversed the policy on reimbursements under company medical plans of her predecessor in the Bush administration.

“You cite the prior secretary by name, and then you say, the secretary is now of the (different) view. I found that a little disingenuous,” Roberts told Joseph Palmore, an assistant to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

“It's not the same person,” Roberts said during oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Such criticism of the solicitor general's office could prompt greater skepticism among justices about the influence of that office, whose guidance the court frequently seeks even where the government is not a party to a lawsuit.

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  1. Alain41 says:

    The misrepresentation was in the filed legal brief not verbal representation. A verbal misstatement everyone can accept, a filed legal brief before the Supreme Court, ummm not so much. Those get significant review before submittal. This clearly is from the tone set by the top smelly fish head. I can hear the smelly fish head now; Just Words!

  2. Timbo says:

    Gee…I thought it was disingenuous as a so called conservative to uphold obamacare. In my opinion this man has lost all credibility regardless of how he judges going forward. Just another liberal in disguise.

    • Alain41 says:

      You’re right, Timbo. Roberts griping about twisting words rings very hollow when he twisted the law beyond all recognition to justify Ocare. What’s that line; when you lie down with a snake, don’t be surprised when you wake up next to a snake.

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