Judge John Roberts: Too Soon to Jump Off the Cliff
This note was forwarded to me today. It had been posted on a criminal defense list-serv by a criminal defense lawyer and law school classmate of Judge John Roberts. I don't know the author, but I thought I would share it:
I suggest that we not all go running off the cliff here.
John Roberts has the best professional credentials of any nominee in the last twenty years. He's not a raving nut case, and he's not a Scalia or Thomas wedded to an agenda without regard to precedent or process. I went to law school with Roberts and we were in the same study group first year. He's the most intellectually gifted person I have ever met, including the professors. He is also one Hell of a nice guy.
We are not going to agree with him, but we weren't going to agree with anyone Bush nominated to this senate. It might be better to wait for the next fight, building a little credibility with the American public for when the critical next seat comes open. Defeating someone does little good unless there is a prospect of a more palatable second nominee, and that is not likely here.
On the other hand, U.S. District Court Senior Judge John L. Kane, Jr. tells the Denver Post:
“As I understand his record, he’s never been in a trial himself. He’s spent most of his time in the solicitor general’s office, an elite group that handles Supreme Court litigations. Has he ever sat down in a stinking jail cell and talked to someone about rights under those circumstances?”
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