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BUSH PICKS John G. Roberts
July, 19, 2005

Posted on 07/19/2005 4:44:48 PM PDT by freedrudge

Edited on 07/19/2005 4:52:02 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

President Bush has chosen federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. as his nominee to the Supreme Court, a senior administration official says...


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KEYWORDS: johnroberts; predictions; scotus
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1 posted on 07/19/2005 4:44:48 PM PDT by freedrudge
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To: freedrudge

levin has just given him his seal of approval


2 posted on 07/19/2005 4:46:13 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: freedrudge

Let it begin..........


3 posted on 07/19/2005 4:46:28 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: freedrudge
The Great One (Mark Levin) reporting same, via Drudge and other sources.

Interesting. Not female. Not "diverse".

4 posted on 07/19/2005 4:46:36 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: freedrudge

Excellent


5 posted on 07/19/2005 4:47:37 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: JohnLongIsland

If Mark Levin is ok with him, then it's OK by me. Ralph Neas already started character assasination on Hardball.


6 posted on 07/19/2005 4:47:59 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: freedrudge

Brilliant Bait & Switch by Bush!!!


7 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:07 PM PDT by Josh in PA
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To: JohnLongIsland

If Mark Levin is ok with him, then it's OK by me. Ralph Neas already started character assasination on Hardball.


8 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:20 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: freedrudge

Dang. FR is darn fast. Four or five threads with this were posted within about two minutes.


9 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:22 PM PDT by Asphalt (Join my NFL ping list! FReepmail me| Since 10/10/04)
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To: freedrudge
JOHN ROBERTS

Age: 50
Graduated from: Harvard Law School.
He clerked for: Judge Henry Friendly, Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
He used to be: associate counsel to the president for Ronald Reagan, deputy solicitor general for George H.W. Bush, partner at Hogan & Hartson.
He's now: a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (appointed 2003).

10 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:22 PM PDT by montag813
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To: freedrudge

Outstanding.


11 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:23 PM PDT by combat_boots (Dug in and not budging an inch. NOT to be schiavoed, greered, or felosed as a patient)
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To: DEADROCK

ABC just reported on their evening news...IT'S ROBERTS!!


12 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:27 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: DEADROCK

Not a female, Im surprised.


13 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:33 PM PDT by newconhere
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To: DEADROCK

now where are all the fringe folks who insisted he was going to sell out the conservative movement and nominate Gonzales. MUD


14 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:35 PM PDT by atlanta67
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To: freedrudge

So how do they know this? Jeez, Bush ought to just cancel his presser and leave it all up to the media.


15 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:41 PM PDT by umgud (Comment removed by poster before moderator could get to it)
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To: freedrudge

Info from slate.com's biography of him:

Age: 50
Graduated from: Harvard Law School.
He clerked for: Judge Henry Friendly, Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
He used to be: associate counsel to the president for Ronald Reagan, deputy solicitor general for George H.W. Bush, partner at Hogan & Hartson.
He's now: a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (appointed 2003).

His confirmation battle: Roberts has been floated as a nominee who could win widespread support in the Senate. Not so likely. He hasn't been on the bench long enough for his judicial opinions to provide much ammunition for liberal opposition groups. But his record as a lawyer for the Reagan and first Bush administrations and in private practice is down-the-line conservative on key contested fronts, including abortion, separation of church and state, and environmental protection.

Civil Rights and Liberties
For a unanimous panel, denied the weak civil rights claims of a 12-year-old girl who was arrested and handcuffed in a Washington, D.C., Metro station for eating a French fry. Roberts noted that "no one is very happy about the events that led to this litigation" and that the Metro authority had changed the policy that led to her arrest. (Hedgepeth v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 2004).

In private practice, wrote a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that Congress had failed to justify a Department of Transportation affirmative action program. (Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Mineta, 2001).

For Reagan, opposed a congressional effort—in the wake of the 1980 Supreme Court decision Mobile v. Bolden—to make it easier for minorities to successfully argue that their votes had been diluted under the Voting Rights Act.

Separation of Church and State
For Bush I, co-authored a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that public high-school graduation programs could include religious ceremonies. The Supreme Court disagreed by a vote of 5-4. (Lee v. Weisman, 1992)

Environmental Protection and Property Rights
Voted for rehearing in a case about whether a developer had to take down a fence so that the arroyo toad could move freely through its habitat. Roberts argued that the panel was wrong to rule against the developer because the regulations on behalf of the toad, promulgated under the Endangered Species Act, overstepped the federal government's power to regulate interstate commerce. At the end of his opinion, Roberts suggested that rehearing would allow the court to "consider alternative grounds" for protecting the toad that are "more consistent with Supreme Court precedent." (Rancho Viejo v. Nortion, 2003)

For Bush I, argued that environmental groups concerned about mining on public lands had not proved enough about the impact of the government's actions to give them standing to sue. The Supreme Court adopted this argument. (Lujan v. National Wildlife Federation, 1990)

Criminal Law
Joined a unanimous opinion ruling that a police officer who searched the trunk of a car without saying that he was looking for evidence of a crime (the standard for constitutionality) still conducted the search legally, because there was a reasonable basis to think contraband was in the trunk, regardless of whether the officer was thinking in those terms. (U.S. v. Brown, 2004)

Habeas Corpus
Joined a unanimous opinion denying the claim of a prisoner who argued that by tightening parole rules in the middle of his sentence, the government subjected him to an unconstitutional after-the-fact punishment. The panel reversed its decision after a Supreme Court ruling directly contradicted it. (Fletcher v. District of Columbia, 2004)

Abortion
For Bush I, successfully helped argue that doctors and clinics receiving federal funds may not talk to patients about abortion. (Rust v. Sullivan, 1991)

Judicial Philosophy
Concurring in a decision allowing President Bush to halt suits by Americans against Iraq as the country rebuilds, Roberts called for deference to the executive and for a literal reading of the relevant statute. (Acree v. Republic of Iraq, 2004)

In an article written as a law student, argued that the phrase "just compensation" in the Fifth Amendment, which limits the government in the taking of private property, should be "informed by changing norms of justice." This sounds like a nod to liberal constitutional theory, but Rogers' alternative interpretation was more protective of property interests than Supreme Court law at the time.


16 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:43 PM PDT by arbusto99
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To: Josh in PA
Brief biography: Judge Roberts was appointed to the D.C. Circuit in 2003 by President George W. Bush (he was also nominated by the first President Bush, but never received a Senate vote). Before his appointment, he practiced at Hogan & Hartson from 1986-1989 and 1993-2003. During the interlude, he was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the first Bush administration. He also served in the Reagan administration as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General from 1981-1982 and as Associate Counsel to the President from 1982-1986. Judge Roberts attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He then clerked for Judge Henry Friendly on the Second Circuit and for Justice Rehnquist. Judge Roberts is fifty years old. He and his wife have two children.
17 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:44 PM PDT by freedrudge
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To: KoRn

Excellent!


18 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:50 PM PDT by hershey
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To: freedrudge
Drat. I was hopin' for:

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

19 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:53 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: paul in cape

The more the liberals come out against it, the more I'm for it.


20 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:55 PM PDT by flashbunny (Always remember to bring a towel!)
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To: freedrudge

Superior choice for our Supremes!


21 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:58 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: montag813

He was tops in his Harvard Law class.


22 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:05 PM PDT by combat_boots (Dug in and not budging an inch. NOT to be schiavoed, greered, or felosed as a patient)
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To: freedrudge

Thank God, good pick W. "President Bush: talks the talk and walks the walk." W. Definitely stood by his campaign promise on this one..... :)


23 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:09 PM PDT by AKSurprise (Pope Benedict XVI: "Putting the Smackdown on Heresy since 1981!")
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To: paul in cape

Ok, news says duringhis tenure in Justice, that he wrote several pro-life briefs (good). Anyone know if he has any legal history on 2nd Amendment issues?


24 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:18 PM PDT by Vic3O3 (Jeremiah 31:16-17 (KJV))
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To: freedrudge

Comments on Roberts from two weeks ago, on redstate.org


http://www.redstate.org/story/2005/7/5/91935/56530

Judge John Roberts Rising
By: Erick · Section: SCOTUS


Heading into this week, here is how things appear to be shaping up with the judicial nomination process.
The White House is currently debating the type of nominee it wants. Part of this has to do with the filibuster. If the White House choses the standard white guy approach, it increases the likelihood that the filibuster will be used and increases the likelihood the filibuster will be annihilated. At the same time, the White House has several people on its list and is still trying to pare them down.

Most troubling for conservatives, sources close to the White House tell me that while the President is out of the country the White House will be feeling out conservatives of the breath and depth of ramifications should Alberto Gonzales be nominated.

Judge John Roberts's name has floated towards the top of the list. The President knows Judge Roberts and feels comfortable with him. Also, with several significant cases involving the government headed to the Supreme Court in the next year, one source very close to the White House suggests that Judge Roberts name is being given active consideration. In particular, I've been given the following points:


Judge Roberts and the President know each other the President is "comfortable" with him.
The judge sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and is therefore very familiar with a host of government related issues that will soon be heading toward the Supreme Court.
Importantly for this White House, Judge Roberts is seen as jurist willing to extend the Executive Branch wide flexibility in both its conduct of general official business and the War on Terror.
The Vice President seems favorable to Judge Roberts given Roberts's propensity to give the Executive Branch some flexibility (Judge Roberts participated in the In re: Cheney decision, which struck a blow to the environmentalists seeking a list of participants in energy task force meetings).
Judge Roberts is one of the few judges most likely to be very controversial to left wing groups, but be seen as a quality judge by both the public and the seven Democrats who signed the filibuster deal.
Notably, Judge Roberts got out of committee in 2003 on a 16-3 vote, which is very strong. He was confirmed to the Court of Appeals by the Senate on May 8, 2003, after several years of Democrat obstruction, but, once to the floor, made it through without significant Democrat obstruction.

Right now, both lefty activist groups and certain White House staffers are turning their eyes toward John Roberts.

Jul 5th, 2005: 09:19:35


25 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:21 PM PDT by Enchante (Kerry's mere nuisances: Marine Barracks '83, WTC '93, Khobar Towers, Embassy Bombs '98, USS Cole!!!)
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To: Hank Rearden
Interesting. Not female. Not "diverse".

Sorry Laura, next time keep your jokes clean.

26 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:21 PM PDT by montag813
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To: freedrudge

YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS


EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:26 PM PDT by notes2005
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To: Mike Bates

Bork lost me when he took Reno's side in the microsoft case....


28 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:27 PM PDT by pittsburgh gop guy (Be not afraid...)
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To: freedrudge
If Bush is nominating John Roberts he is kicking ass and taking NO names!

The industrial strength can of WHOOP ASS has been opened!!!

29 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:35 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: montag813

Sounds good, folks!


31 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:41 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: freedrudge

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1108389946956

Colson calls Roberts "the smartest lawyer in America," someone who will "approach the cases with an intellectual viewpoint. I don't view him as having an agenda to promote."

But does that mean conservatives can't count on Roberts? "I don't know the answer as to how he would vote on specific issues," says Colson. "I would never ask him, and I hope he never tells anybody what he would do."

Mark Levin, author of "Men in Black," a new conservative critique of the Supreme Court, sees no conflict and is a fan of Roberts. "In the short period he has been on the court, John Roberts has shown he does not bring a personal agenda to his work. He follows the Constitution, and he is excellent."


32 posted on 07/19/2005 4:49:55 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Diva Betsy Ross; blackbart.223; speedy; HitmanNY; NYTexan; bitt; Stellar Dendrite; Glenn; ...

Ping!


33 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:03 PM PDT by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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To: freedrudge

Ralph Neas already saying there are serious problems w/ Roberts. LOL


34 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:06 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: freedrudge
If this is true, I'm glad it's a white male.

And that's coming from a Black male!

Although, I would have been happy with Ms. Brown.

35 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:11 PM PDT by blues_guitarist (http://mundane-noodle.blogspot.com)
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To: Hank Rearden; All
Harvard educated clerked under Rehnquist.Sounds good to me.
36 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:22 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU and all Mosques in the US,UK.)
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To: freedrudge

Is this for real? He is young.


37 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:28 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: freedrudge
Someone start a mea culpa thread for all those who've been bashing the prez all day.

As Mr. Burns would say..."Exxxxcellent..."

38 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:35 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious ("My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity."-Joe W)
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To: umgud

In the run up to 9 pm the White House briefs some members of the Senate and, of course, it leaks.


39 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:36 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Right now I can't decide which political party is trying to commit suicide faster.)
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To: freedrudge

Woo hoo!!!


40 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:36 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: freedrudge

LOL!! Bush threw everyone off! It isn't a woman and it isn't a minority. This is a fabulous pick. Constitutionalist. Solid. Blocked by Democrats for years for the District court. Much symbolism.


41 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:42 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Enchante
Importantly for this White House, Judge Roberts is seen as jurist willing to extend the Executive Branch wide flexibility in both its conduct of general official business and the War on Terror.

This is more important than ANYTHING else. Bravo, Mr President.

42 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:52 PM PDT by montag813
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To: freedrudge

Let the sh*t slinging begin!!! Leftists armed with the usual talking points: he's a white wealthy man that hates minorities.




43 posted on 07/19/2005 4:50:59 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite (Support George Allen in 08!)
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To: freedrudge
John C. Roberts: Pro-Gun or Gun-Grabber?

I have't been able to find out where most of the potential nominees stood on the Second Ammendment. Anyone know where Roberts stands?

44 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:09 PM PDT by pillbox_girl
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To: freedrudge; shaggy eel

BUMPping


45 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:11 PM PDT by Brian Allen (All that is required to ensure the triumph [of evil] is that Good Men do nothing -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Mike Bates

Bork is a brilliant man, but he'll be 79 in March.


46 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:19 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: rodguy911

bump

Tee Hee.....................tis gonna be fun!!!!!!


47 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:24 PM PDT by Gillmeister
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To: JohnLongIsland
..Is this a "Ropa-pa-dup?" scenario..GWB playing poker???
48 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:39 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: atlanta67
Trust me the Buchananites and third party voters on FR will be rushing in to tell us this is the worst US Supreme Court nominee ever.
49 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:39 PM PDT by jveritas (The left cannot win a national election ever again and never will the Buchananites and 3rd parties)
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To: finnman69

I'm looking forward to Ralph Neas and his fellow slimy weasels getting crushed in this battle. I sure hope it comes to a filibuster and that the Rs finally crush the Ds properly!!!


50 posted on 07/19/2005 4:51:47 PM PDT by Enchante (Kerry's mere nuisances: Marine Barracks '83, WTC '93, Khobar Towers, Embassy Bombs '98, USS Cole!!!)
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