Hold the revolution: Roberts keeps joining High Court liberals

Roberts joined the liberals Wednesday in two rulings that left the conservatives in dissent. Most notably, he cast the deciding vote to order a new look at the mental competence of a death row inmate who says he can’t remember the crimes he committed.

The votes add to an unmistakable pattern, offering fresh indications that Roberts is in no hurry to oversee a conservative legal revolution. The chief justice has also joined 5-4 orders that blocked President Donald Trump from curbing bids for asylum at the Mexican border and stopped Louisiana from enforcing new abortion restrictions…

Roberts has also provided key conservative votes. In January he voted to let Trump start barring most transgender people from serving in the military. In June, Roberts joined a barrage of 5-4 conservative rulings, including one he wrote upholding Trump’s travel ban, which restricts entry into the U.S. by people from several predominantly Muslim countries.