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  • Abortion & Precedent: What John Roberts really said

    09/19/2005 7:00:40 PM PDT · by NeoCaveman · 33 replies · 1,242+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 9/19/05 | Ed Whelan
    Judge Roberts's chief strategic objective in his confirmation hearing was to secure the support of Chairman Specter — a vocal supporter of Roe v. Wade — without losing the support of conservative Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is a testament to Roberts's skills as an advocate that his remarks at his confirmation hearing on abortion and stare decisis have been understood by Specter and many other supporters of Roe as suggesting that he would not vote to overrule Roe. What seems not to have been noticed is that Roberts in fact deftly repudiated Specter's notion that Roe is...
  • Roberts's qualities (Boston Glob endorses Roberts)

    09/19/2005 11:21:57 AM PDT · by inquest · 66 replies · 1,169+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9-19-05 | house editorial
    Roberts did pay due respect to the precedents set by earlier Supreme Court rulings, saying, ''I do think that it is a jolt to the legal system when you overrule a precedent," and, ''It is not enough that you may think the prior decision was wrongly decided." The country will have to see how Roberts puts this theory into action. ... As Roberts approaches the high court, there is also a job for Congress. Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, virtually wept about the nation's divisiveness, but he and some of his colleagues have been the source of intemperate rhetoric...
  • Chuck Schumer's defeat

    09/18/2005 9:56:22 PM PDT · by gpapa · 64 replies · 3,651+ views ^ | September 19, 2005 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California had tried to hide their frustration while questioning Judge John G. Roberts Jr. for the second time last week. But once the confirmation hearing ended, they betrayed their emotions in the confines of a Russell Senate Office Building elevator, oblivious to who was overhearing them. The two senators bitterly complained Roberts simply was not answering their questions.
  • Explaining the Roberts' Confirmation to the Iraqis

    09/18/2005 9:16:36 PM PDT · by manny613 · 3 replies · 474+ views
    "So you're having trouble understanding the confirmation process for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?" "Yes, my people in Iraq are confused by what we are watching. Please help us understand."
  • Roberts's Sterling Showing

    09/18/2005 7:15:17 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 1,097+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2005 | David S. Broder
    The question of whether Judge John Roberts is qualified to be chief justice of the United States has been rendered moot by his performance in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. He is so obviously -- ridiculously -- well-equipped to lead government's third branch that it is hard to imagine how any Democrats can justify a vote against his confirmation. Start with his intellect. This is a man whose knowledge of constitutional law goes well beyond his intimate familiarity with seemingly every Supreme Court decision. It is rooted in a thorough understanding of American history. He quotes Hamilton in the Federalist...
  • Roe Ruling Politicized the Court

    09/18/2005 4:25:17 PM PDT · by Mark · 34 replies · 1,056+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 09/18/05 | Chris Weinkopf
    Ever since President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court, legal analysts have said that the 50-year-old jurist is an exceptional lawyer, and clearly he is. Only the most skilled of attorneys could so deftly say so little in such a great expanse of time. But don't fault Roberts for the evasions in his confirmation hearings. He's merely playing by the established rules of America's dysfunctional, overly politicized judicial confirmation process. It's a process for which Roe v. Wade bears much of the blame. On the question of that 1973 Supreme Court ruling, which came up...
  • Flawless Roberts Holding Dems Scoreless

    09/18/2005 3:54:16 PM PDT · by rdcorso · 9 replies · 909+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9-18-05 | Mark Steyn
    Ever since prolonged attendance at "the world's greatest deliberative body" during the Clinton impeachment trial,my general line on the U.S senate has been to commend the example of New Zealand:They had a senate,and they abolished it.
  • Analysis: Roberts a Scalia/Thomas clone?

    09/18/2005 6:26:58 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 12 replies · 751+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | September 18, 2005 | Michael McGough
    WASHINGTON -- Long before John G. Roberts Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, liberal groups and some Democratic senators were suspicious of the chief justice nominee because of President Bush's high praise for the Supreme Court's two most conservative members, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. After Roberts' hearings, some liberal groups said they still worry that Roberts will follow in the judicial footsteps of Scalia and Thomas. "While Roberts wanted to give the impression he respected the right to privacy and the precedent of Roe v. Wade, his answers look dangerously similar to the responses Clarence...
  • Mark Steyn: Flawless Roberts holding Dems scoreless

    09/18/2005 2:49:44 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 86 replies · 2,848+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 18, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    Ever since prolonged attendance at "the world's greatest deliberative body" during the Clinton impeachment trial, my general line on the U.S. Senate has been to commend the example of New Zealand: They had a Senate, and they abolished it. But, until that blessed day, I'd have been quite content for the John Roberts confirmation hearings to go on for another six months, couple of years, half a decade, until the last registered Democrat on the planet expired in embarrassment at the sheer maudlin drivel of it all. It was obvious on the first day about 20 minutes in -- i.e.,...
  • The Supreme Court's Biggest Question

    09/17/2005 5:32:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,103+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 18, 2005 | TODD S. PURDUM
    WASHINGTON — He had the right to remain silent. He knew that everything he said could and would be used against (and for) him. And yet, when Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was asked last week by Senator Arlen Specter, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, whether he believed the "right to privacy" existed in the Constitution, Mr. Roberts replied, "Senator, I do." History suggests that if he had not, Judge Roberts would have sunk his chances to become the 17th chief justice of the United States just 20 minutes into his 20 hours of confirmation testimony. So many Americans...
  • Ted K out of order again

    09/17/2005 11:46:08 AM PDT · by maryz · 85 replies · 2,826+ views
    Boston Herald (print edition) ^ | September 17, 2005 | Paul J. Martinek
    Ted Kennedy should be thankful that the University of Virginia isn’t in the habit of revoking degrees. Otherwise, Massachusetts’ senior senator would be in serious danger of losing his degree based on the legal incompetence he’s demonstrated in his questioning of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. Kennedy, who inherited his Senate sear a measly 43 years ago, hasn’t been the only senator to embarrass himself at the Roberts hearing. Almost without exception, the senators – Democrat and Republican –have been long-winded, arrogant and incapable of appreciating the distinction between constitutional theory and political advocacy. But Kennedy has been in a...
  • Editorial: Confirm Roberts/'I am not an ideologue'

    09/17/2005 6:12:57 AM PDT · by GreatOne · 32 replies · 703+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | September 16, 2005 | Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial Staff
    Editorial: Confirm Roberts/'I am not an ideologue' . . . When asked about whether he considered himself "in the mold" of Scalia and Thomas, he replied, "I will be my own man" on the Supreme Court. "I depart from some views of original intent," he said, making clear that he takes a broad view of the Constitution as a document that the founders "intended to apply in a meaningful way down the ages." . . . It was clear throughout that all kinds of signals were being sent abroad in the land -- if principally by Roberts, also by every...
  • Senators only heard themselves talk at Roberts hearings (RATS act like preachy motormouths)

    09/17/2005 6:32:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1,207+ views
    Senators only heard themselves talk at Roberts hearings When the senators on the Judiciary Committee grilled Judge John Roberts last week, they repeatedly said their goal was to "learn" about him. But if they really wanted to learn, they did a terrible job showing it. The senators rarely displayed any semblance of curiosity or attentiveness in questioning the man who may serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30-plus years. In fact, the senators acted more like preachy motormouths than rapt listeners hungry for insight. To take just one example, each senator was given 20 minutes to...
  • Roberts vowsto shun foreign law

    09/17/2005 5:40:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 631+ views
    WND ^ | September 17, 2005
    Says decisions wouldn't be influenced by other nationsSupreme Court chief justice nominee John Roberts says his decisions will not be influenced by rulings or laws in other countries, despite a growing trend among other justices to pay more attention to foreign courts. In response to a question during his confirmation hearings this week by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., author of the WND Book "Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders," Roberts agreed consideration of foreign legal precedents was inappropriate in making rulings in U.S. cases. "I do not think it's a good approach," Roberts said. Coburn, in setting...
  • Chief Justice Roberts

    09/17/2005 8:40:29 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 37 replies · 1,674+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/26/2005 | Terry Eastland
    ON THE FINAL DAY OF the Roberts hearings, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois tried one last time: "If you've made one point many times over . . . the course of the last three days," he told the judge, "it is that as a judge you will be loyal and faithful to the process of law, to the rule of law." But "beyond loyalty to the process of law," he asked Roberts, "how do you view [the] law when it comes to expanding our personal freedom? . . . That's what I've been asking." And so, in various ways,...
  • Democrats Agonize Over Roberts Vote

    09/17/2005 9:45:44 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 54 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 16, 2005 | Jill Zuckman
    <p>Judge John Roberts Jr. tried to reassure wavering Senate Democrats on Thursday that he is not a hard-edged ideologue, as some of them fear, and could be counted on to respect the rule of law as chief justice of the United States.</p>
  • On Abortion, Few Seem to Take Roberts at Face Value

    09/17/2005 12:50:26 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 26 replies · 796+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/05 | Charles Babington
    In 20 hours of Senate testimony this week, John G. Roberts Jr. made several comments that would seem reassuring to abortion rights advocates and unsettling to those seeking to outlaw abortion. There is a constitutional right to privacy, he said. And justices should show significant deference to long-settled cases such as the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. But the reaction from both camps in the abortion wars was startling. Abortion rights groups took no comfort in the chief justice nominee's remarks, and antiabortion groups took no offense. The reason, activists on the left and right say, is that...
  • Roberts's performance in hearings leaves Democrats with 'dilemma'

    09/16/2005 6:55:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies · 1,757+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 9/16/05 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    Roberts's performance in hearings leaves Democrats with 'dilemma' By Sheryl Gay Stolberg The New York Times FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2005 WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Democrats are deeply conflicted about how to vote on the nomination of Judge John Roberts Jr. to be the 17th chief justice of the United States, and appear divided about how, and whether, to use their vote to send a message to President George W. Bush as he selects a candidate to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy. "That's a critical part of this conversation," Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat and a...
  • Happy Anniversary to The Perspective!!!!

    09/16/2005 6:43:20 PM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 6 replies · 366+ views
    The Perspective ^ | 09-17-05 | TheRobb7
    On the one-year anniversary of The Perspective, I would like to thank all Freepers for your kindness, support and inspiration!!! Yes, it's a "humble little blog", but it is part of what movements like FreeRepublic really are: The Future.
  • Alaska's former top lawyer testifies on Roberts' behalf

    09/16/2005 9:21:03 AM PDT · by akdonn · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 09-16-05 | LIZ RUSKIN
    Supreme Court nominee John Roberts kept his genial composure as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee pressed him for his views Thursday in a final session that ended with a score of witnesses, including former Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho. "His briefs are technically perfect. They are clear, persuasive, and they are a pleasure to read," Botelho said. Botelho considers his decision to hire Roberts for a string of state cases before the Supreme Court one of the best decisions he made as attorney general.