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7.21.2005

What Does Roberts Stand For?

Two days ago President Bush nominated John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court. Roberts is to fill the vacany left by the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Justice O'Connor was the swing vote on many crucial Supreme Court decisions that protected civil rights, the separation of church and state, the environment, and a woman's right to choose. Roberts is a conservative whose succesful confirmation could change the balance of the court. While working for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, he helped craft legal policies that sought to weaken school desegregation efforts, the reproductive rights of women, environmental protections, church-state separation, and the voting rights of African Americans. In 1991, he argued before the Supreme Court stating that Roe v. Wade was "wrongly decided and should be overruled." In 2003, when he was nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Roberts stated that "the positions a lawyer presents on behalf of a client should not be ascribed to that lawyer," without really clarifying what his positions were. And he has had little time on the Court of Appeals for those positions to become known. The Bush administration has a proven record of selecting ideologically-driven, divisive candidates for the bench, and Judge Roberts's views are probably well-known to the President, if not to the American people. It is the responsibility of our Senators to make sure that those beliefs are known to all before any confirmation vote takes place.

Read more about Roberts here.

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