Supreme Court Battles

A Letter From Howard Dean on John Roberts

Dear Glynn, I’ve been watching Supreme Court nominee John Roberts artfully dodge question after question during his confirmation hearings. And I’ve read the limited documents the White House released about his work in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations – though we are still waiting for answers for the over 100,000 Americans who…

Roberts Should Have Recused Himself from Tribunal Case

Just four days before the Bush administration named John G. Roberts Jr. to fill retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the Supreme Court, the District of Columbia federal appeals court decided a case called Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld. In a crucial victory for the administration, the court upheld President Bush’s creation of special military tribunals…

Democrats Prod Roberts on Abortion Stance

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts jousted with Democratic senators Tuesday at his confirmation hearing to be chief justice, dodging their attempts to pin down his opinions on abortion, voting rights and other legal issues, according to this midday AP report. Democrats Prod Roberts on Abortion Stance Joe Biden, D-Del., who has indicated he may run…

John Roberts ‘Lawyered’ the Iran-Contra Scandal

Democrats.com is now claiming they have “found the smoking gun” on John Roberts, President George W. Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court. They say he “lawyered” the Iran-Contra scandal for the Reagan administration. According to the Washington Post, a.k.a. the Pentagon Post, one file withheld regarding the Iran-contra affair was a draft memo from Roberts…

Documents Show Roberts Disparaged Women’s Rights

Civil rights and women’s groups are beginning to mount an attempt to defeat the nomination of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court after Reagan-era documents released by the White House today reveal that he disparaged state efforts to combat discrimination against women and wondered whether “encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common…

Judge Roberts’s Slap at Women

How men reacted to the movement for women’s rights in the 1970s and 1980s was a test of character, whether they supported changes in the work place that addressed historical injustices. When U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts had a chance to shape policy on equal pay for women from inside Ronald Reagan’s White House,…

Red Alert: Busheviks Scrubbing Roberts’ Files

In late night from Bob Fertik at Democrats.com: Red Alert! The Busheviks are scrubbing John Roberts’ files. Just read between the lines in this Pentagon Post article: Thrown on the defensive by recent revelations about Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.’s legal work, White House aides are delaying the release of tens of thousands…

Roberts Denies Membership in Conservative Federalist Society

Now why are the cable news correspondents calling this simply “a speed bump” on the road to confirmation to the highest court in the land by Bush appointee John Roberts? Perhaps I should have called this blog “Spin Control” or something. I posted this story on the Locust Fork News page last night and wondered…

Bush Nominates Conservative Judge to Supreme Court

President George W. Bush is nominating John G. Roberts Jr., a conservative federal appellate judge from Washington, D.C., who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to the first vacancy on the Supreme Court in 11 years. The president announced his selection on television at 9 p.m. (8 p.m.…

President Bush To Announce Court Appointment Tonight

President Bush has made his decision about whom he plans to nominate to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s place on the Supreme Court and will announce his pick to the nation in a prime-time address Tuesday night, the AP is now reporting. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the Bush administration was asking television outlets…

Senator Specter is Wrong: Activists Helped Beat Judge Bork

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., Judiciary Committee Chair, opened the door for this story. Did you catch his appearance on C-SPAN today in the press conference? Here’s the AP story: Bush Solicits Supreme Court Advice Specter chastised the activist on both sides of the fight gearing up for the U.S. Supreme Court battle ahead as President…