Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What to Make of Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts?

While not the most outrageous ideologue Bush could have chosen, Roberts is a pleasing pick for the right wing conservatives Bush is hoping to please, mainly because he has flip-flopped on his position of Roe v. Wade, so it's unclear what his true beliefs are. That's convenient for the White House who will undoubtedly sell his position to conservatives as firmly against Roe v Wade, while at the same time they will also try to position Roberts as a Moderate to democrats, liberals, and civil rights and women's groups who are concerned about abortion rights being overturned.

Flip
Roberts in a brief he co-wrote in 1990 that suggested the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade
"The court's conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion ... finds no support in the text, structure or history of the Constitution," the brief said.

Flop
In his defense, Roberts told senators during his 2003 confirmation hearing that he would be guided by legal precedent. "Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ... There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."

Of course if confirmed Roberts could actually set precedent rather than follow it, so Roe v Wade is definitely in play.

On other issues that will effect Americans for decades, Roberts is clearly a conservative. Expect decisions that are pro big-business, anti environment, and hostile to civil rights and progressive causes. - IFK Editor

See AP Story: Bush Nominates Federal Judge John Roberts

3 Comments:

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