Roberts Questioned About the Death Penalty
Sen. Patrick Leahy's staff has been live-blogging the confirmation hearing for Judge John Roberts.
7:30 p.m. Senator Durbin questions Judge Roberts about the death penalty.
Sen. Durbin is asking Judge Roberts about a question he was posed earlier: If there is room for a judge’s values and beliefs in their rulings. Sen. Durbin is asking Judge Roberts about what goes through Judge Roberts mind when he addresses cases that deal with the death penalty. Judge Roberts says that it is important to differentiate between cases that offer new scientific claims versus new personal claims. Judge Roberts says that it is important to recognize the irrevocability of the death penalty, and that it is necessary to bring additional scrutiny to those cases. Judge Roberts says that DNA evidence is an important opportunity that is a significant development in the law.
Here is the exact exchange:
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