John Roberts Supreme Court Nomination
July 20th 2005
Roberts and Bush
President Bushes Supreme Court nominee John G.Roberts is making his
rounds among senators. His goal is to secure their vote and become
a Supreme Court Justice replacing retiring Sandra Day O’Connor. At
age 50, Roberts will be replacing O’Connor, who is usually the
decisive vote on the nine member court. The court has been closely
divided between conservatives and liberals.
According to the
Spokesman-Review, Sandra is quoted as saying of Roberts
good in every way, except he's not a woman." She went on to praise
his "brilliant legal mind," and predicted he would not have trouble
Abortion groups are worried that Roberts may shift the court,
possibly overturning Roe V Wade, making abortion illegal. They
point to a brief Roberts co-wrote in 1990 as deputy solicitor
general suggesting that the Supreme Court decision that legalized
abortion should be overturned.
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) also raised some questions
concerning the nomination. Kenney voted against Roberts in the
Senate Judiciary Committee for his current appeals court post.
Roberts was later confirmed by the Senate by a voice vote with no
Some key votes coming up this fall for the Supreme Court include
Abortion, gay rights and assisited suicide issues. O’Connor had
supported abortion rights and affirmative action in college
admissions in previous votes. Roberts my swing the court to the
right on these or other issues.
the two years on the Appeals Court, Roberts has never had to deal
with these issues, although he has worked with George Bush Sr. in
drafting anti-abortion arguments in 1990. He has also sided with
developers on environmental issues.
Most of Roberts written Majority Rulings while on the Appeals Court
sided with the government. None of the 40 rulings have been
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