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March 25, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- When the U.S. Supreme Court conducts a hearing Tuesday on Proposition 8, the lesbian cousin of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will be in attendance. Roberts is a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. Jean Podrasky, 48, who is more liberal and the first cousin of the chief justice, said she rooted for his nomination to be approved by the U.S. Senate . "He is family," she said. FULL COVERAGE: Same-sex marriage Podrasky lives in San Francisco and said she usually sees Roberts only on family occasions.
March 9, 1986
I read with surprise Chauncey Alexander's letter (March 2) about my remarks in Huntington Beach two weeks ago. He suggests my topic, Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, was inappropriate. I was asked to talk about law enforcement issues, and if he does not think the election of the chief justice is a law enforcement issue, we are certainly reading different newspapers. There is an unfortunate tendency evident among Rose Bird's defenders: name calling. So far, her supporters have called her opponents John Birchers, McCarthyites, right-wingers and a number of other inflammatory names.
September 6, 2005
MAYBE IF THERE HAD BEEN NO KATRINA, and if the Iraqi occupation were proceeding as Pentagon optimists had once envisioned -- with the few thousand remaining U.S. troops in the country lolling about in the dozens of Starbucks cafes popping up across Mesopotamia by now -- President Bush would have tried elevating Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas to serve as the chief justice of the United States. But under present conditions, Bush doesn't need any more trouble than he already has.
June 22, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will be put to a major test this week when the Supreme Court hands down its decisions on college affirmative action, voting rights and gay marriage. The conventional view has been that the court will fracture 5 to 4 along ideological lines in all three areas. But that presents Roberts with a difficult choice. He could join his fellow conservatives to win at least some of the major cases and preside over a deeply divided court.
July 22, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
California's newly nominated candidate for chief justice has issued rulings over a 20-year career on the bench that reflect a no-nonsense jurist who applies the law with an even hand and a narrow focus. Though little known outside state judicial circles before her nomination Wednesday, Tani Cantil-Sakauye has issued rulings on important questions of constitutional rights and environmental protection, defining new limits and responsibilities while seldom stirring controversy or claims of bias.
October 12, 1990
Sabyasachi Mukharji, 63, chief justice of India's Supreme Court. Mukharji was named to the court's top post in December after serving in a variety of government positions over a long career. He was educated at Calcutta University and practiced law in London. In 1949, he returned to Calcutta to serve on its high court. He worked in the income tax department in Calcutta from 1958 to 1968. He was named to India's Supreme Court in 1983. On Sept. 25 in London, of cardiac arrest.
July 23, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas underwent successful abdominal surgery and will remain hospitalized for a brief period, a spokesman for the state Supreme Court said Wednesday. In a terse one-paragraph announcement released just before the court closed for the day, it was disclosed that the 60-year-old Lucas will recuperate at home after his release from the hospital and will continue to work on court business.
December 4, 1997 | From Associated Press
A new chief justice was sworn in Wednesday to try to unite a Pakistani Supreme Court shattered by bitter judicial and political wrangling. Ajmal Mian, the most senior justice, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the grand marble courthouse attended by 14 other justices, dozens of legislators and the governors of Pakistan's four provinces. The only justice absent was Sajjad Ali Shah.
February 6, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Malcolm M. Lucas was confirmed Thursday as the chief justice of California, succeeding Rose Elizabeth Bird and beginning a new era for a state Supreme Court that is expected to become much more conservative under his leadership. Lucas sounded a conciliatory note, saying that he intended to focus his attention on the future of the court and leave behind the bitter political conflict that resulted in the unprecedented defeat of Bird and two other liberal justices in the November election.
November 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - When Ronald M. George served as chief justice of California, he pleaded annually with legislators for money to run the courts, warning the loss of funds would compromise justice. But he said he learned that some lawmakers took positions on the budget for purely personal reasons, obsessively discussing their divorces or traffic tickets and punishing the judiciary for rulings they did not like. "I remember dealing with one state senator who found it impossible … not to bring up his own divorce proceedings and how he thought he'd gotten a raw deal at the hands of his wife and her attorneys and didn't feel the court system dealt with him fairly," George said, not naming the elected official.
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