Toobin: Chief Justice Roberts Was Oddly Quiet During Oral Arguments


CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted something odd coming out of the first hour and a half of oral arguments at the Supreme Court hearing on King v. Burwell: Chief Justice John Roberts was conspicuously quiet.

“Chief Justice Roberts said almost nothing for an hour and a half,” Toobin said on CNN on Wednesday. “I guess he was keeping his powder dry. It was certainly unusual in that regard.”

Toobin noted that Roberts’ silence is especially unusual given that he’s the chief Supreme Court justice.

“The chief justice is among the most active questioners and he said barely a word,” Toobin said.