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"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - John Philpot Curran

7/19/2005

Meet the New Supreme Court Nominee

John G. Roberts Jr.It has just been reported that President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court is John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Roberts was appointed to his current position by the president in 2003 and enjoyed both Republican and Democratic support during his confirmation process.

Have conservatives' dreams come true? Are we witnessing the arrival of the pro-life, constructionist judge of whom Bush's supporters have long prophesied? A recent AP article seems to suggest that we are:
    Abortion rights groups allege that Roberts, while deputy solicitor general during former President Bush's administration, is hostile to women's reproductive freedom and cite a brief he co-wrote in 1990 that suggested the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion.

    "The court's conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion ... finds no support in the text, structure or history of the Constitution," the brief said.
What a relief to see someone with common sense and conviction nominated to the highest court in the land!
    In his defense, Roberts told senators during his 2003 confirmation hearing that he would be guided by legal precedent. "Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ... There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."
Sorry. Never mind. I mistook Roberts' upright position in his photo as evidence of a backbone.

They must use quite a bit of starch in those judicial robes.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Eaglet said...

He looks like Judge Roy Moore, but looks can be deceiving. So can politicians.

7/20/05, 6:59 AM  
Blogger Lee Shelton said...

I think the nomination of Roberts serves three purposes for Bush: 1) it throws conservatives a bone by making it look as if a constructionist has been appointed, 2) it puts the Democrats on the defensive and 3) in the end, it ultimately maintains the status quo. Anyone accepting Roe v. Wade as the law of the land is by definition a bad choice for the Supreme Court.

7/20/05, 5:27 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Lee, I agree with you and Eaglet. What an awful, awful choice.

7/20/05, 8:32 PM  
Blogger Eaglet said...

Two of my favorite commentators, Howard Phillips and Albert Mohler,
have warned that Roberts' position on abortion is unclear.

7/21/05, 10:06 AM  

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