July 20, 2005 |
President Bush on Tuesday named John G. Roberts Jr., a federal appellate judge, as his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, in a nomination expected to bolster the court's conservative faction if accepted by the Senate. Roberts, 50, argued conservative positions on abortion and other issues before the high court during his years as a lawyer for Republican administrations, but his two years of service on the U.S.
August 5, 2005 |
Supporters and opponents of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. were caught off guard Thursday by news that he once had worked behind the scenes to help gay rights activists win a key case before the nation's highest court. Debate erupted on conservative and liberal websites, with partisans on both sides asking whether Roberts' assistance was an aberration from his conservative record or a sign that his views might be less ideological than commonly thought.
September 13, 2005 |
Judge John G. Roberts Jr., President Bush's choice for chief justice of the United States, said Monday that he aspired to a humble and limited role as leader of the Supreme Court, more akin to an umpire who calls the balls and strikes rather than the star player who is the center of attention. "Justices and judges are servants of the law, not the other way around," Roberts told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them.
August 10, 2005 |
Reaching decisions as a judge is not as easy as he thought it would be, Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. told law students this year. Before coming to a final opinion, he said, he often goes back and forth and finds himself on several sides of an issue. Since being chosen by President Bush for the high court, Roberts has adopted the traditional nominee's posture: saying as little as possible about his personal views and experiences.
July 21, 2005 |
As the 2000 presidential recount battle raged in Florida, a Washington lawyer named John G. Roberts Jr. traveled to Tallahassee, the state capital, to dispense legal advice. He operated in the shadows at least some of those 37 days, never signing a legal brief and rarely making an appearance at the makeshift headquarters for George W. Bush's legal team.
August 19, 2005 |
As a White House lawyer in the Reagan administration, John G. Roberts Jr. did not spend all of his time analyzing the great legal issues of the day. Instead, judging from the thousands of pages of his files that were released Thursday, the Supreme Court nominee spent much of his time acting as a gatekeeper and editor for the president. He repeatedly tried to keep President Reagan's friends from taking advantage of his office.