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(Buffalo, NY - AP) — A Buffalo native who sits on the US Court of Appeals in Washington DC is on the short list of nominees to the Supreme Court.
Fifty-year-old John G. Roberts, Junior has been widely cited for his strong anti-abortion views.
The conservative was a lawyer for the Reagan administration and also served as clerk for Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Roberts has been widely quoted for a brief he wrote while working for the Reagan administration saying that Roe versus Wade was quote, "wrongly decided and should be overturned".
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Reproductive Rights. s a Deputy Solicitor General, Mr. Roberts co-wrote a Supreme Court brief in Rust v. Sullivan,1 for the first Bush administration, which argued that the government could prohibit doctors in federally-funded family planning programs from discussing abortions with their patients. The brief not only argued that the regulations were constitutional, notwithstanding the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, but it also made the broader argument that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided - an argument unnecessary to defend the regulation. The Supreme Court sided with the government on the narrower grounds that the regulation was constitutional.
Environmental Issues. As a student, Mr. Roberts wrote two law review articles arguing for an expansive reading of the Contracts and Takings clauses of the Constitution, taking positions that would restrict Congress' ability to protect the environment. As a member of the Solicitor General's office, Mr. Roberts was the lead counsel for the United States in the Supreme Court case Lujan v. National Wildlife Federation, in which the government argued that private citizens could not sue the federal government for violations of environmental regulations.
Civil Rights. After a Supreme Court decision effectively nullified certain sections of the Voting Rights Act, Roberts was involved in the Reagan administration's effort to prevent Congress from overturning the Supreme Court's action.6 The Supreme Court had recently decided that certain sections of the Voting Rights Act could only be violated by intentional discrimination and not by laws that had a discriminatory effect, despite a lack of textual basis for this interpretation in the statute. Roberts was part of the effort to legitimize that decision and to stop Congress from overturning it.
Religion in Schools. While working with the Solicitor General's office, Mr. Roberts co-wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the Bush administration, in which he argued that public high schools can include religious ceremonies in their graduation programs, a view the Supreme Court rejected.
John Roberts, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Educated at Harvard. Roberts would be a hard sell. He was rejected by the Judiciary Committee under Bush I as being too extreme. He was recently appointed by George W. Bush to the DC Appeals Circuit. John Roberts had been a prominent lawyer working for the Republican Party and the Bush & Reagan Administrations.
Originally posted by FallenFromTheTree
Looks to me like this was timed perfectly to draw attention away from the Rove scandal
Originally posted by Lecky
All my republican pro-choice friends who voted for Bush thinking that Roe would never be overturned are having major wake up calls.
It's amusing yet frustrating to watch.
Originally posted by Ambient Sound
My feeling is that no matter who was nominated, they will be strongly opposed for whatever reason can be found. They will be opposed because of who picked them, not who they are or what they have done.
Originally posted by marg6043
Now as usual let the male dominated society to rule on women issues and women private parts.
They can not stay away from our private parts and will do anything to control them.