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Chief Justice Roberts: Supreme Court views not ‘liberal or conservative’

HOUSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s top justice says people shouldn’t think the high court makes decisions in terms of a liberal or conservative agenda.

Chief Justice John Roberts told a crowd Wednesday at Rice University in Houston that with most of the court’s work, “you can’t identify a liberal or a conservative view.”

Roberts talked generally about his work leading the nation’s highest court.

But he didn’t discuss some of the court’s more recent high-profile cases, including upholding much of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Roberts, considered among the court’s conservatives, voted with the liberal justices in the case.

The 57-year-old began serving on the court in 2005, after being appointed by President George W. Bush.

His appearance at Rice University is part of events commemorating the school’s centennial.

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