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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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.
  • Democrats on Receiving End in Flap Over Roberts(Cornyn Slaps 'Rats!)

    09/16/2005 9:06:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 2,685+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | September 16, 2005 | Charles Hurt
    Sen. John Cornyn turned the tables on Democrats yesterday, transforming the confirmation hearings for Judge John G. Roberts Jr. into one of the nastiest partisan conflicts the Senate Judiciary Committee has seen in recent years. Throughout the four days of hearings, Democrats called for the release of internal legal documents Judge Roberts wrote while working in the Solicitor General's Office. Republicans said those documents fall under attorney-client privilege and cannot be released. Fed up with the repeated pleas, Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, reminded the Democrats on the panel of their stunned outrage when some of their own internal records wound...
  • My Questions for Judge Roberts

    09/16/2005 8:06:42 AM PDT · by Carry_Okie · 68 replies · 1,557+ views
    Vanity | 9-16-05 | Mark Edward Vande Pol
    Having seen not a little of John Roberts’ job interview before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it isn’t difficult to come away totally disgusted. In my case, that dismay is not for what was asked, but for what was not.   There are important and legitimate questions to be asked of Judge Roberts regarding judicial philosophy that in no case would betray how he might vote on a pending case. This brief list is intended to list such questions and elaborate somewhat on why they are of particular significance.   What does Judge Roberts believe was the original purpose of the...
  • Using Foreign Law Is The Real Supreme Court Test

    09/16/2005 8:01:41 AM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 15 replies · 937+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 16, 2005 | Kevin Fobbs
    Using Foreign Law Is The Real Supreme Court Test By Kevin Fobbs The Supreme Court may not continue to be the supreme court of the land if the judicial philosophy of Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer of using foreign law rulings in adjudicating American cases is permitted to become standard practice by the justices. Even as the confirmation battle rages over the US Senate hearing for D.C. Federal Appeals Court Judge John Robert's bid to become the next chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, there is another more pressing battle in our nation's capitol. Unfortunately...
  • Roe v. Roberts

    09/16/2005 7:04:40 AM PDT · by manny613 · 14 replies · 493+ views
    In our lifetime has there been a more politically poisonous Supreme Court decision than Roe v. Wade ? Set aside for a moment your thoughts on the substance of the ruling. (I happen to be a supporter of legalized abortion.) I'm talking about the continuing damage to the republic: disenfranchising, instantly and without recourse, an enormous part of the American population; preventing, as even Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, proper political settlement of the issue by the people and their representatives; making us the only nation in the West to have legalized abortion by judicial fiat rather than by the...
  • Frustrated by Roberts, and Unsure How to Vote [NYSlimes laugh-riot!]

    09/16/2005 6:22:09 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 35 replies · 1,458+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 16, 2005 | By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 - Senate Democrats are deeply conflicted about how to vote on the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be the nation's 17th chief justice, and appear divided about how, and whether, to use their vote to send a message to President Bush as he selects a candidate to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy. "That's a critical part of this conversation," Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday, when asked if he hoped to send a message to Mr. Bush about the next nominee....
  • He would uphold Roe..... As senators jab and nominee ducks, that's my prediction

    09/16/2005 5:12:43 AM PDT · by StatenIsland · 96 replies · 1,425+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 09/16/05 | Charles Krauthammer
    Circumspect and clever Roberts has been. No one really knows. But I predict two things: (a) Chief Justice Roberts will vote to uphold Roe vs. Wade, and (b) his replacing his former boss, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, will move the court only mildly, but most assuredly, to the left - as measured by the only available yardstick, the percent of concurrences with the opinions of those conservative touchstones, Scalia and Thomas. I infer this not just by what Roberts has said in his hearings - that he supports Griswold vs. Connecticut, that he deeply respects precedent, and that he finds...
  • (Vanity) John Roberts: The Clear Blue Eyes of Integrity and Calm

    09/16/2005 3:24:23 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 74 replies · 948+ views
    9/16/2005 | self
    For the past few days, and even the past weeks, I have been looking into the eyes of John Roberts. Genuine, respectful, gentle, rational, and disciplined are words that reach out to me as I have looked into those blue eyes. They appear to be the eyes of a great wise and old philosopher, a man of serious and earnest thought, who is also able to put his determined and purposeful thoughts into manageable language for the listener. May I suggest and also hope that God, or whomever, has presented this country this wonderful and good man to oversee and...
  • Would-be showdown lost audience

    09/16/2005 3:40:26 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 532+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/16/05 | Nina J. Easton
    Would-be showdown lost audience By Nina J. Easton, Globe Staff | September 16, 2005 WASHINGTON -- Orrin Hatch has a new camera phone. And apparently the senior senator from Utah has become really bored. On Wednesday, the third day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to consider the confirmation of a chief justice to the highest court in the land, Hatch shared his new toy with the senior senator from Iowa, Charles E. Grassley. Yesterday morning, Hatch -- sitting next to the chairman's seat he once occupied -- twirled back and forth, snapping pictures of the hearing room. Meanwhile, Senator Patrick...
  • Senator? You're on in 5, 4, 3 …

    09/16/2005 12:54:49 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 19 replies · 1,263+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Sep. 16, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    Arlen Specter: Welcome to Day 3 of the confirmation hearings of John Roberts. I'd like to take this opportunity to remind the nation of what a wonderful job I'm doing chairing this committee, and I'd like to let the ranking member tell me so. Patrick Leahy: Absolutely, Mr. Chairman! And let me kick off this morning's platitudes about the grandeur of our Constitution by quoting its first three words, "We the People." That means that here in America the people rule — except on issues like abortion, where their opinions don't mean spit. Specter: Very well put, Senator Leahy! And...
  • Judge Roberts: Looking More Moderate Than His Early Writings

    09/16/2005 2:38:30 PM PDT · by Main Street · 45 replies · 907+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2005 | Richard B. Schmitt and Maura Reynolds
    Looking More Moderate Than His Early Writings Roberts sees nothing 'constitutionally suspect' in a provision of the Voting Rights Act, and he also discusses affirmative action. WASHINGTON — Chief justice nominee John G. Roberts Jr. offered a fuller accounting of his views on voting rights and affirmative action Wednesday in carefully guarded testimony that provided the barest hints that he did not hew to the most conservative positions on the two sensitive issues.
  • Roberts' Confirmation Virtually Assured

    09/16/2005 2:18:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 897+ views
    AP ^ | 9/16/5 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- The only real question left about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is how many Democrats will vote for him to become the nation's 17th chief justice. This week's grueling four-day Senate confirmation hearings only confirmed for most of the Senate's majority Republicans their contention that President Bush's pick to succeed William H. Rehnquist is the perfect choice. Since Democrats don't plan to filibuster, they must decide if it's worth casting a symbolic vote against the 50-year-old Roberts, knowing they can't stop his confirmation and that Bush will soon choose another conservative to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor,...
  • Confirmation Analysis: A Boomerang Borking

    09/16/2005 9:54:36 AM PDT · by saveliberty · 41 replies · 1,718+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 9/16/2005 | Captain Ed
      Confirmation Analysis: A Boomerang BorkingNow that the smoke has cleared on what many forecast as the Mother of All Political Battles -- the Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court -- we can see exactly who won and who lost. Despite their initial misgivings about taking Roberts head-on, the Democrats decided to go all out in an attempt to Bork Roberts as a civil-rights Neanderthal with no heart ... and they failed miserably.For evidence of this, one need look no further than the editorial pages of the Washington Post, which notes...
  • Oh, God, Sen. Feinstein's at it again

    09/16/2005 3:00:29 AM PDT · by highlymotivated · 9 replies · 1,515+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 16, 2005 | Jonas Goldberg
    During the first day of questioning at his Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court chief justice, John Roberts was asked about his religious views by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.
  • Roberts Not First Subject of Woeful Warnings

    09/15/2005 11:04:48 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 614+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 16 September 2005
    WASHINGTON — As Supreme Court nominee John Roberts left his Senate confirmation hearings Thursday, Act Two of a ritualistic process began — witnesses from special interest groups began their analyses of the chief justice candidate. "All evidence indicates that Judge Roberts would use his undeniable impressive legal skills to bring us back to a country that most of us wouldn't recognize, where states' rights trump civil rights, where the federal courts or Congress can see discrimination, but are powerless to remedy it," said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Complaints about Roberts' civil rights record...
  • The JFK Question, Sens. Specter and Feinstein impose an unconstitutional religious test

    09/15/2005 9:49:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies · 1,021+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 09.15.05 | MANUEL MIRANDA
    The JFK QuestionSens. Specter and Feinstein impose an unconstitutional religious test.BY MANUEL MIRANDAThursday, September 15, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT They should be ashamed. We should be ashamed. We have not progressed much in 45 years it seems, and we appear to be traveling in the wrong direction. Article VI of the Constitution prohibits a religious test from being imposed on nominees to public office. The clause was motivated by the experience of Catholics in the Maryland colony and Baptists in Virginia who had been the targets of Great Britain's two Test Acts. These infamous laws of intolerance sought to prevent...
  • Judge John Roberts on Second Amendment

    09/15/2005 7:12:34 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 148 replies · 3,896+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9-14-2005 | Russ Feingold and John Roberts
    FEINGOLD: Let's go to something else then. I'd like to hear your views about the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. This is an amendment where there's a real shortage of jurisprudence. You mentioned the Third Amendment where there's even less jurisprudence, but the Second Amendment's close. So I think you can maybe help us understand your approach to interpreting the Constitution by saying a bit about it. The Second Amendment raises interesting questions about a constitutional interpretation. I read the Second Amendment as providing an individual right to keep and bear arms as opposed to only a collective...
  • 'Dignified process'? [Roberts-Republican's too nice in previous confirmations]

    09/15/2005 5:28:34 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 414+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 9-15-05
    The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of John Roberts to serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court began with an appropriate message from Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to approach the task seriously. "Some have called for a 'dignified process,' " Feingold said of the confirmation process. "So have I. But at times it sounds like what some really want for the nominee is an easy process. That is not what the Constitution or the traditions of the Senate call for. If by 'dignified' they mean that tough and probing questions are out of bounds, I...
  • Roberts rules

    09/15/2005 7:16:50 AM PDT · by manny613 · 6 replies · 682+ views
    The last place I want to be is at the dentist; until I witnessed 18 senators (21 if you count those who "introduced" John Roberts at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing) posture for the cameras and special interest groups. The dentist is looking better. At least he has painkillers. There is nothing to dull the pain of pontificating senators.
  • Rush Limbaugh: Roberts Destroys Left's View of Justice in Just 44 Seconds

    09/15/2005 5:32:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 67 replies · 3,836+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 9/15/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: All right, to the confirmation hearings of John Roberts -- and again, folks, it's crucial, while you watch the media reveling in the president's poll numbers and awaiting breathlessly (panting) his speech tonight from Jackson Square in New Orleans, the fact is that his nominee to the Supreme Court is running rings around the best and brightest the left has to offer today and this is reshaping the judiciary, the Supreme Court, and this is the branch of government the left is most concerned about. I know they're covering the Roberts hearings but there's nothing they can do about...
  • Roberts the Elder: John Roberts has an understated personality, but his record will be all torpedo

    09/15/2005 7:02:24 AM PDT · by manny613 · 1 replies · 741+ views
    As John Roberts sits down before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, its members will be searching to better understand the man who would become the 17th chief justice of the United States. If history is any guide, they will learn little about who John Roberts is and even less about who John Roberts will become. The problem with confirmation hearings is that, even with a forthcoming nominee, they offer only a snapshot of a jurist before he or she enters the rarified and mind-altering world of the country's highest court.
  • WSJ: Dean of the Democrats - John Dean of Watergate fame will rep Dems at the Roberts hearing.

    09/15/2005 6:26:11 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 1,032+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 15, 2005 | Editorial
    No, not Howard. The Dean whom Democrats have tapped to represent them at John Roberts's confirmation hearings this week is John W. Dean III, White House Counsel to President Nixon and one of the architects of the Watergate coverup. This isn't the first time Mr. Dean will be appearing in the Caucus Room of the Senate's Russell office building. In 1973, he sat at the witness table during the Watergate hearings and testified about a "cancer on the Presidency." This was shortly before he spent two years in jail for obstruction of justice. This paragon of the law is now...
  • Now right demanding Dem memos

    09/15/2005 6:20:03 AM PDT · by wcdukenfield · 60 replies · 3,369+ views
    THE HILL ^ | September 15, 2005 | Alexander Bolton
    Conservative strategists are drafting a letter to Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding the release of hundreds of internal memos detailing contacts between the lawmakers and liberal interest groups opposing John Roberts’ nomination to the Supreme Court. By planning to press Democrats on the sensitive subject, conservatives seem to be pulling a page from the Democrats’ own political playbook. In the weeks leading up to the confirmation hearings, Senate Democrats have repeatedly called on the White House to give them memos Roberts penned while he was deputy solicitor general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration. Sen. Patrick Leahy...
  • Roberts thinks Congress has the final say on eminent domain

    09/15/2005 5:23:56 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies · 748+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 15, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Eminent domain opponents were heartened by Chief Justice nominee John Roberts comments Wednesday that Congress can counter divisive Supreme Court rulings such as the one that allowed New London, Conn., to seize homes for private development. "This body and legislative bodies in the states are protectors of the people's rights," Roberts said during the third day of his confirmation hearings to become the nation's 17th chief justice. Republicans and many Democrats were angered this year when a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that New London, Conn. could take homes in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to build a privately...
  • Roberts's testimony alarms conservatives (FR Mentioned)

    09/15/2005 4:11:01 AM PDT · by nj26 · 115 replies · 2,803+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/15/05 | Charlie Savage
    Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s testimony about the existence of a right to privacy, the importance of respecting precedent, and the need for the Constitution to adapt to changing conditions has alarmed some rank-and-file conservatives, who are filling up Internet message boards with predictions that Roberts may turn out to be a moderate justice. Many say they believe that Roberts's answers have shown him to be to the left of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, whom President Bush promised to use as models in selecting new justices. Some compare Roberts to David Souter and Anthony Kennedy --...
  • Roberts Hearing Has Paris Hilton Moment

    09/15/2005 2:19:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,716+ views
    AP ^ | 9/15 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Paris Hilton's name made John Roberts' Supreme Court nomination a bit sexier Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., interrupted the Judiciary Committee's somber discussion of constitutional matters with the suggestion that a recent case involving the hotel heiress should serve as a precedent for protecting the Senate panel's stolen records. Last year, Republican staffers were caught snooping through Democratic computer files, some of which outlined strategy for blocking Bush's judicial nominees. A world away, Hilton — whose sex video with an ex-boyfriend became a cyberspace novelty — was the victim of a teenage hacker who broke into T-Mobile's computer...
  • Why liberals should worry about Roberts. Ask Congressman Trent Franks.

    09/15/2005 2:03:05 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 15 replies · 964+ views
    www.house.gov ^ | July 19, 2005
    Representative Franks Praises President’s Nomination of Judge John Robert to the Supreme Court July 19, 2005—Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) issued the following statement this evening regarding President Bush’s nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. as the replacement justice of Sandra Day O’Connor for the Supreme Court of the United States: “Based on what I know of Judge John Roberts, I believe future American generations will recall his nomination to the United States Supreme Court with abiding respect and affection toward President George W. Bush.” “Judge John Roberts has proven himself to be a man of judicial fealty to the...
  • Roberts gives his verdict, rejecting foreign laws in US

    09/15/2005 1:10:39 PM PDT · by Millee · 20 replies · 956+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 15, 2005 | Michael Cameron
    JOHN Roberts, George W Bush's nominee as the 17th chief justice of the US Supreme Court, has vowed to stamp out a growing practice among his future court colleagues of looking to foreign jurisdictions - including Britain, Canada and Australia - in determining elements of US law. The man nominated to replace the recently deceased William Rehnquist told US senators this week he did not believe foreign law should bear on the deliberations of the nation's highest court. His views are consistent with the Bush administration's narrow view of the US justice system and its suspicion of global treaties on...
  • Roberts's testimony alarms conservatives

    09/15/2005 1:23:11 PM PDT · by austinite · 75 replies · 1,932+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/15/05 | By Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s testimony about the existence of a right to privacy, the importance of respecting precedent, and the need for the Constitution to adapt to changing conditions has alarmed some rank-and-file conservatives, who are filling up Internet message boards with predictions that Roberts may turn out to be a moderate justice.
  • Nomination of John G. Roberts [LIVE Thread 9-15]~Day Four

    09/15/2005 5:04:54 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 2,037 replies · 59,181+ views
    Senate Judiciary Committee ^ | 9-15-05 | Senate Judiciary Committee
    Roberts: Day Four Set to Begin On Thursday, the members of the Senate Judiciary Cmte. continue with a third round of questioning. Then six different panels of out- side witnesses deliver their views on the professional and personal suitability of John Roberts to be appointed Chief Justice of the United States. This testimony will take the entire day. LIVE LINKSC-span3 (realplayer)C-span3 (win)Judiciary Committee web feed Nomination of John G. Roberts [LIVE thread 9-12] Nomination of John G. Roberts [LIVE Thread 9-13]~Day TwoNomination of John G. Roberts [LIVE Thread 9-14]~Day Three
  • Roberts Frustrates Committee Democrats

    09/14/2005 10:12:08 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 23 replies · 1,095+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 09/15/05 | Charles Babington and Jo Becker
    Roberts Frustrates Committee Democrats GOP Optimistic On Confirmation By Charles Babington and Jo Becker Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, September 15, 2005; Page A01 Democratic senators angrily accused John G. Roberts Jr. yesterday of hiding his views on end-of-life questions, privacy and other contentious issues, but the nominee to be the nation's 17th chief justice refused to be drawn out, and his Republican supporters said his confirmation is virtually assured. Democrats' frustration boiled over several times during the eight hours of questioning, as Roberts repeatedly declined to discuss his personal or judicial views on matters that he said could come...