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August 23, 2013 | By Michael McGough
It's a popular meme on the left, well summed up in this quotation from the website Down With Tyranny: “Chief Justice John Roberts does everything he can to see that the FISA court remains a trusty tool of the national security state.” The charge is that Roberts, himself a Republican appointee and a conservative, has packed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court with Republicans and pro-government types, which is why the secret court is...
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The lesbian cousin of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said Wednesday she was “absolutely” proud of the procedural ruling he authored that will permit her and her partner to marry in the months ahead. Jean Podrasky , 49, a San Francisco accountant,  attended oral argument on the same-sex marriage cases as a guest of Roberts, a first cousin whose mother is Podrasky's godmother.  She said she had hoped to introduce him to her partner, Grace Fasano, 53, but there was no opportunity.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Michael McGough
It's a popular meme on the left, well summed up in this quotation from the website Down With Tyranny: “Chief Justice John Roberts does everything he can to see that the FISA court remains a trusty tool of the national security state.” The charge is that Roberts, himself a Republican appointee and a conservative, has packed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court with Republicans and pro-government types, which is why the secret court is...
NEWS
July 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
CBS News White House correspondent John Roberts sent an e-mail to colleagues on Wednesday jokingly demanding that he be addressed henceforth as "your honor." A night earlier, CBS viewers had the disorienting experience of seeing a special report on President Bush nominating federal court Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court -- anchored by John Roberts.
OPINION
July 25, 2005 | Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington University.
Judge John G. Roberts Jr. has been called the stealth nominee for the Supreme Court -- a nominee specifically selected because he has few public positions on controversial issues such as abortion. However, in a meeting last week, Roberts briefly lifted the carefully maintained curtain over his personal views.
NATIONAL
September 12, 2005 | David G. Savage and Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writers
For the 26-year-old John G. Roberts Jr., the first year of the Reagan administration saw the dawn of a new era for conservatives, and he fit right in. In memo after memo, the young Justice Department lawyer made clear he was a committed conservative, ready to help his bosses reconsider laws on civil rights, abortion, sex discrimination and religion. More recently, the 50-year-old Judge Roberts has talked about the importance of modesty and stability on the bench.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1994 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From raw material he buys at lumberyards and tools purchased at hardware stores, John Roberts creates works of art. * It's not the wild, trendy art of discarded materials welded together that is often displayed in galleries or mounted in front of office buildings. Rather, it's a simple kind of folksy art that Roberts figures will never make its way into a museum. Not that he much cares. He starts with a piece of wood, part of the trunk from an incense cedar tree, to be exact.
MAGAZINE
November 24, 1985
Regarding Mary Rourke's "The Best Defense" ( Oct. 27 ), it occurs to me that an accompanying piece might be written to explain when and how the Coliseum was flopped over. John Roberts Orange
BUSINESS
May 16, 1989
Jerry K. Prinds has been promoted to director of franchise sales at Foodmaker's Jack in the Box restaurants division. John Roberts has joined Foodmaker as manager of corporate tax compliance in the tax services department.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On Tuesday night, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert blasted the Supreme Court for its controversial ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The decision, as Oliver explained on “The Daily Show,” removed a part of the landmark Civil Rights bill that applied strict scrutiny to states with histories of discrimination against minority voters -- places like “Whitesylvania, Pale-afornia, Caucasiacut, Klansas and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The lesbian cousin of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said Wednesday she was “absolutely” proud of the procedural ruling he authored that will permit her and her partner to marry in the months ahead. Jean Podrasky , 49, a San Francisco accountant,  attended oral argument on the same-sex marriage cases as a guest of Roberts, a first cousin whose mother is Podrasky's godmother.  She said she had hoped to introduce him to her partner, Grace Fasano, 53, but there was no opportunity.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times
At his confirmation hearings for the position of chief justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr. parried skeptics with a reassuring metaphor: "Judges are like umpires," he memorably testified. "Umpires don't make the rules, they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical to make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. " Senators were charmed by that modesty and impressed by Roberts' undeniable brilliance, but his chief justiceship has hardly been a model of restraint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A man outside a Commerce topless club attempted to run over security guards with his vehicle early Friday morning but was shot multiple times by the guards, sheriff's officials said. The exchange occurred just after midnight at Nicola's, a topless club on the 900 block of S. Gerhart Avenue , according to Lt. John Roberts of the Los Angeles County sheriff's East Los Angeles station. Roberts said the suspect was asked to leave the club, and he subsequently attempted to ram about four security guards with his vehicle.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Attacks on Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. as a traitor to conservative ideals for voting to uphold most of President Obama's healthcare law reflect a lack of knowledge about how the American justice system works, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said. "It's unfortunate because I think comments like that demonstrate only too well a lack of understanding that some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch," O'Connor said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday in response to a question from ChairmanPatrick J. Leahy (D-Vt)
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's surprise healthcare ruling was a lift for President Obama, preventing what would have been an embarrassing setback in an election year. And it came from an unexpected source - a conservative jurist whose confirmation Obama voted against as a senator. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s majority opinion could well alter voter attitudes on a landmark piece of social legislation that, up to now, has been dimly understood and largely unpopular. At the very least, it enables the president to go before the voters in November with his signature legislative achievement intact.
OPINION
July 24, 2005
Who would President Bush pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor? Appellate Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was anything but a safe guess as the president faced enormous pressure to appoint a woman, a Latino or at least someone with long judicial experience. (No less than Laura Bush told NBC on July 12, "I would really like for him to name another woman," and appellate judges Edith Jones and Edith Brown Clement were reportedly in the running.
OPINION
August 8, 2005
In his article on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' conservative activism against the expansion of the Voting Rights Act in 1982 (Opinion, Aug. 3), Richard L. Hasen might have added that the House rejected Roberts' position by a 389-24 vote, and the Senate by 85 to 8. Roberts was an extreme opponent of minority voting rights in 1982. Does anyone honestly believe he will vote differently on the high court? MORGAN KOUSSER Professor of History and Social Science, Caltech
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Led by a chief justice who some conservatives immediately branded a turncoat, the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's healthcare law Thursday, resolving a high-stakes constitutional clash not seen in decades and handing Obama a victory that surprised many in Washington. Chief Justice John G. RobertsJr.and the four liberal justices joined to uphold the Democrats' most ambitious social legislation in a generation. The unpopular requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty - likened by detractors to a rule that everyone purchase broccoli - was unconstitutional as a mandate, Roberts said, but valid as long as it was simply considered a tax. "We do not consider whether the act embodies sound policies," wrote Roberts, a conservative appointed to the court by PresidentGeorge W. Bushin 2005.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By David Horsey
Word had barely come down that the Supreme Court majority was upholding the Affordable Care Act when incensed conservatives began printing up “Impeach John Roberts” T-shirts and a hacker had altered the chief justice's title on his Wikipedia page to “Chief Traitor of the United States.” On a freshly minted “Impeach John Roberts” Facebook page, one tea party “patriot” wrote, “Welcome to fascism. Thanks to this horrible decision from the 4 liberal justices and John Roberts there is zero limit to what the government can force us to do.” Outside of the perpetually alarmed right wing loony bin, however, Roberts was receiving praise for acting as the fair umpire he promised to be when he was confirmed by the Senate.
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