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Roberts: A smart, self-effacing 'Eagle Scout' - (friend: "Dems can't touch him!")
CNN.COM ^ | JULY 20, 2005 | A/P

Posted on 07/20/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT by CHARLITE

John G. Roberts pairs a youthful demeanor with a sharp, seasoned legal mind that has impressed Ivy League professors, government lawyers and U.S. presidents.

Befitting his age of 50 and limited time on the appellate court, the book on his judicial decisions remains a work in progress.

President Bush on Tuesday tapped Roberts to become the nation's 109th Supreme Court justice, introducing the Harvard honors graduate, former clerk to William Rehnquist and successful Washington attorney to the nation in prime time.

"He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court and earned a reputation as one of the best legal minds of his generation," said the president as Roberts stood at his side, broad shoulders hinting at his days as captain of his high school football team.

Roberts, often cited by friends for his self-deprecating wit, recalled his appearances before the high court.

"I always got a lump in my throat whenever I walked up those marble steps to argue a case before the court, and I don't think it was just from the nerves," he said.

There were wins -- and losses, including one rout.

"One case he lost 9-0 and he had to call up his client, which is never a fun thing to do," recounted Richard Lazarus, a Georgetown University law professor who has known Roberts for nearly three decades and roomed with him in Washington. "His client was just incredulous, beside himself. 'How could we have lost 9-0?' John finally just quipped back, 'Because there are only nine justices.'

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"He is one of the very best and most highly respected appellate lawyers in the nation, with a deserved reputation as a brilliant writer and oral advocate. He is also a wonderful professional colleague both because of his enormous skills and because of his unquestioned integrity and fair-mindedness.

"Roberts is well-known in Washington circles and a favorite of the conservative lawyers of the Federalist Society. He tries to avoid labeling his judicial approach, however, saying at his confirmation hearing, "I don't necessarily think that it's the best approach to have an all-encompassing philosophy."

1 posted on 07/20/2005 4:23:24 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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So is he an Eagle Scout, or not?

2 posted on 07/20/2005 4:23:55 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The body's entire blood supply moves through the lungs each minute.)
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To: Tax-chick

Patrick J. Schiltz, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a friend of Roberts. "He is incredibly charming, he has movie-star looks. ... He has been an Eagle Scout in his personal life."

3 posted on 07/20/2005 4:26:50 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: Tax-chick
I think they meant it as a metaphor.

That said, I found out recently that Michael Moore really was once an eagle scout, that kind of creeped me out.

4 posted on 07/20/2005 4:28:28 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To the Democrats, just having been a Boy Scout disqualifies him.

5 posted on 07/20/2005 4:29:51 PM PDT by Spok (A bad movie with horses is better than any movie with none.)
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To: SF Republican
6 posted on 07/20/2005 4:33:31 PM PDT by Fred
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To: Sonny M

That is unpleasant!

7 posted on 07/20/2005 4:34:47 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The body's entire blood supply moves through the lungs each minute.)
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To: Fred
Bill Murry = "Meatballs" (a very underrated classic).

Wooody the Wabbit.

8 posted on 07/20/2005 4:41:34 PM PDT by Trajan88 (
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To: Spok

Mr. Justice Stephen Breyer is an Eagle Scout.

Note: Chief Justice William Renquist, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy were Boy Scouts in their youth.

9 posted on 07/20/2005 4:43:21 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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"Dems can't touch him"
But Pelosi, Reed, Kennedy, et al, will sure as he** try.

10 posted on 07/20/2005 4:58:17 PM PDT by Straight8 (I am unique, just like everyone else.)
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To: Trajan88

What about Bob?

11 posted on 07/20/2005 5:04:32 PM PDT by brooklin
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To: Spok

Being an eagle scout is likely to set the homosexuals and Nambla against him. The boy scouts have fought having homosexual pedophiles as scout leaders for a decade and they are universally hated by the homophiles.

12 posted on 07/20/2005 5:16:23 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Conservatism: doing what is right instead of what is easy)
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I seem to recall J. Edgar Hoover looked for Catholic family men in his FBI recruitment. Just to sound a note of caution, that helped Ron Hansen slip by investigators.

13 posted on 07/20/2005 9:40:59 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox (Be not Afraid. "Perfect love drives out fear.")
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