Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee

Update: Senator Jeff Sessions, one of radical right cabal, is praising the decision on CNN, he can hardly contain his glee. So Bush sold out to the radical right. Plus, Sessions already lies. He said on CNN Roberts was overwhelmingly approved both in the Judiciary Committee and in the full Senate. Reuters reports:

He joined the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in May 2003 after a protracted confirmation fight in the Senate.

Sen. John Cornyn just got busted with the same lie on Fox News. He said Roberts was unanimously voted out of the Judiciary Committee. The reporter corrected him and said Kennedy, Durbin and Schumer voted against him.

It's not Edith Clement, It's D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. Here's Harry Reid's statement:


The President has made his choice. Now the Senate will do its job of deciding whether to confirm John Roberts to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.

The President has chosen someone with suitable legal credentials, but that is not the end of our inquiry. The Senate must review Judge Roberts¹s record to determine if he has a demonstrated commitment to the core American values of freedom, equality and fairness. The nominee will have an opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and make his case to the American people.

I will not pre-judge this nomination. I look forward to learning more about Judge Roberts.

He's a former law clerk for Chief Justice Rehnquist and has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court as a lawyer.

Here is his profile as listed on the Department of Justice Website. He was deputy solictor General under Ken Starr and an advisor to Bush during Gore v. Bush.

Mr. Roberts is the head of Hogan & Hartson’s Appellate Practice Group. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, in 1976, and received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1979 from the Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation he clerked for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the following year for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist.

Following his clerkship experience, Mr. Roberts served as Special Assistant to United States Attorney General William French Smith. In 1982 President Reagan appointed Mr. Roberts to the White House Staff as Associate Counsel to the President, a position in which he served until joining Hogan & Hartson in 1986. Mr. Roberts’ responsibilities as Associate Counsel to the President included counseling on the President’s constitutional powers and responsibilities, as well as other legal issues affecting the executive branch.

At Hogan & Hartson, Mr. Roberts developed a civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on appellate matters. He personally argued before the United States Supreme Court and the lower federal courts, participating in a wide variety of matters on behalf of corporate clients, trade associations, governments, and individuals.

Mr. Roberts left the firm in 1989 to accept appointment as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, a position in which he served until returning to the firm in 1993. In that capacity he personally argued before the Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals on behalf of the United States, and participated in formulating the litigation position of the government and determining when the government would appeal adverse decisions. Mr. Roberts had general substantive responsibility within the Office of the Solicitor General for cases arising from the Civil and Civil Rights Divisions of the Justice Department, as well as from a variety of independent agencies.

Mr. Roberts has presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court in more than thirty cases, covering the full range of the Court’s jurisdiction, including admiralty, antitrust, arbitration, environmental law, First Amendment, health care law, Indian law, bankruptcy, tax, regulation of financial institutions, administrative law, labor law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, interstate commerce, civil rights, and criminal law.

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    Re: Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee (none / 0) (#1)
    by ras on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:24 PM EST
    An excellent choice, made after Bush consulted beforehand with both sides of the Senate. Reid's statement indicates that while Mr. Reid himself might not have made the same choice, it is a choice he is nonetheless prepared to vet. Congratulations to Mr. Roberts.

    Re: Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:24 PM EST
    Reid's statement indicates that he's not so stupid as to think going negative in the very first Democratic response to the nomination is a good plan.

    Re: Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:24 PM EST
    He is only 51 years old. We could be stuck with Justice Roberts for the next 35 years. I'm really starting to question life appointments to the Federal Bench, especially the Supreme Court when anyone may end up sitting for that long a time. Am I wrong or have the Republicans been much more likely to nominate especially young justices for the last 30 years or so?

    Re: Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee (none / 0) (#4)
    by Rational on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:24 PM EST
    BCrusader Bunnypant's consultations were 2 minute conversations that were basically "we called and now you can't complain even though we never discussed anything of substance." That was the report from one of the D senators this weekend ( Biden) who when he said he hadn't been consulted got a call reminding him of a 2 minute call saying what ( not who) do you want to see in a SC candinate. Like everything else this junta has done it is unethical, misleading and intellectually dishonest. Considering he clerk for a judge who particapated in violating the constition when he worked under mitchell I can't imagine that he has any ethic's and the probably the only principles he has are the kind that earn interest in a bank.

    Re: Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee (none / 0) (#5)
    by ras on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:24 PM EST
    American Dreamer, Term limits make sense, but you'd need a const amendment for that. As for Roberts's age, he might last 35 years, sure, but maybe he'll be more like Souter and wanna retire at 65. Hard to tell.

    Re: Judge John G. Roberts is the Nominee (none / 0) (#6)
    by Wile ECoyote on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:24 PM EST
    Whats his view on Kelo?