Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined conservative colleagues to hand the government a 5-4 win June 3 in a case on supervised release that could have the effect of keeping defendants locked up longer.
Ginsburg signed onto Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion that was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, joined by Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch, the latter of whom has teamed up with Sotomayor on some criminal justice issues previously.
The dissenters charged the majority with misreading the law and creating “needless uncertainty and unfairness.”
The atypical ideological ...