Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A Little More About the New Supreme Court Nominee

From the Washington Post:

Abortion rights groups contend that during his days as a lawyer in the administration of President George H.W. Bush he tried to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion. Roberts helped write a brief that stated, "We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled."


Roberts generally voted with the government in the cases he has handled on the bench.

He was part of the unanimous three-judge panel that last week put President Bush's military tribunals in the war on terror back on track, clearing the way for the Pentagon to resume trials for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He also joined in a decision last year to throw out a $959 million judgment for U.S. prisoners of war who say they were tortured by the Iraqi military during the 1991 Gulf War, ruling that Congress never authorized such lawsuits against foreign governments.

Roberts issued a dissent in a case involving the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act. The liberal group People for the American Way said Roberts' dissent indicated he may be ready to join the ranks of right-wing conservative judges who seek to limit severely congressional authority to protect the environment.

Roberts also issued a dissent in a decision against the Bush administration's efforts to keep secret records of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force. Roberts was in the minority when the court voted 5-3 to deny the Bush administration's request for a rehearing.

The article says some nice things about old Ferret Face, er, Roberts, and makes him out to be a guy who isn't a total whack-job. But the actual opinions he's written seem like more of the same old pro-corporate, pro-do-whatever-the-government-says-and-shut-the-hell-up-about-it bullcrap we've come to expect from these clowns.

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