In the play and movie, Judge Wilson is portrayed as desiring to remain anonymous. He does not want to be the one man who holds up the cause of independence for the colonies so he votes against his conscience. I wonder if Judge Roberts had similar feelings. He did not want to end up being reviled as the one man who stopped Obamacare.
By the way, that movie is obviously not particularly historically accurate. John Dickinson is portrayed as opposing independence out of loyalty to Great Britain. In fact, he supported the cause of independence, in theory, but felt that it was unwise for the colonies to declare independence when they were obviously losing the war.
- Report: John Roberts Wrote the Bulk of the Dissenting ObamaCare Decision That He Voted Against (reason.com)
- Did Justice Roberts Pull One Over on the Liberals? (pauls2k.wordpress.com)
- Paul Campos: John Roberts Wrote Both His Own Opinion and Most of the Joint Dissent as Well… (delong.typepad.com)
- John Roberts and the Reverse Judge Wilson Coda (themoderatevoice.com) I’m not the only one who was reminded of that scene.