Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Good article on Roberts...

Good article from law.com, interesting that he worked for Hogan & Hartson...

I found this part to be particularly enlightening,

"...Roberts, with 20 months on the D.C. Circuit, has few opinions or other writings that have attracted enemies. As a result, some conservatives have made unflattering comparisons between Roberts and Supreme Court Justice David Souter, whose short stint on the 1st Circuit before being appointed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush failed to reveal Souter's moderate-to-liberal leanings on some issues.

Yet those who know Roberts say he, unlike Souter, is a reliable conservative who can be counted on to undermine if not immediately overturn liberal landmarks like abortion rights and affirmative action. Indicators of his true stripes cited by friends include: clerking for Rehnquist, membership in the Federalist Society, laboring in the Ronald Reagan White House counsel's office and at the Justice Department into the Bush years, working with Kenneth Starr among others, and even his lunchtime conversations at Hogan & Hartson. "He is as conservative as you can get," one friend puts it. In short, Roberts may combine the stealth appeal of Souter with the unwavering ideology of Scalia and Thomas. "
I am personally less concerned about abortion rollbacks than the possible rollback of New Deal era regulations. Remember though that conservatives referred to Justice Kennedy as a "Backdoor Bork" when he was nominated, they have been confident of the conservative credentials of their nominees in the past but without a thorough written record you just never know...

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