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    Chief Justice Roberts Defends Peers

    US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan(L) speak outside the US Supreme Court October 1, 2010, in Washington,DC after an investiture ceremony inside for Associate Justice Kagan. On August 7, 2010 Kagan was sworn in as the 100th Associate Justice in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court so that she could begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards  (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Supreme Court justices stick together: Chief Justice John Roberts used his annual report to defend Justices Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas over calls that they should recuse themselves from the upcoming health-care case. “I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted,” Roberts wrote. “They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process.” Some liberals have called for Thomas to recuse himself, since his wife works for groups that oppose the law; and some conservatives have called for Kagan to recuse herself, since they say she may have played a role in its creation as solicitor general.

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