John Roberts: I'm Headed to 'Island Fortress'

He jokes about going to Malta, ducks ObamaCare questions
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2012 5:24 PM CDT
John Roberts: I'm Headed to 'Island Fortress'
John Roberts greeting President Obama at the State of the Union Address in 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Don't hold your breath for any personal revelation by Chief Justice John Roberts about his pivotal role in the ObamaCare decision. When asked at a conference today how his vote might fit into his legacy, he responded, "Well, I won't answer anything that has to do with [that]." And is he bothered that he won't be able to answer his critics? "No," said the chief justice, his short answer eliciting laughter from the audience, according to AP.

Roberts appeared at a legal conference in Pennsylvania and for 35 minutes answered questions posed by two federal judges. One asked if he would be heading to Disney World now that the Supreme Court session is adjourned for the summer. Roberts responded that he would be in Malta for two weeks, teaching a class. "Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress," he said. "It seemed like a good idea." For speculation from court watchers about Roberts' decision, click here or here. (Read more ObamaCare stories.)

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