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3 posts categorized "John Roberts"

September 14, 2005

Why would I want to do that?

Posted by Thad

Sheelzebub points to an interesting AP story on Roberts that suggests he may need to recuse himself from many cases:

WASHINGTON -- John Roberts is an appeals court judge who has a broad roster of clients from his days in private practice, a multimillion-dollar portfolio and a spouse who is a successful lawyer.

As a result, he probably will have to disqualify himself from many Supreme Court cases should he become chief justice. It is a situation that, while not unusual, would leave the nine-member court with a potential for tie votes.


By law, judges must not participate in cases brought by companies in which judges or family members own stock -- even one share. Justices police themselves when it comes to ethical conflicts and cannot be overruled. [emphasis added]

Well, that's the problem right there, isn't it?

Last year, Justice Antonin Scalia refused to step aside in a case filed by Vice President Dick Cheney, a friend. Cheney and Scalia had taken a hunting vacation together shortly after the court agreed to consider whether the Bush administration had to release information about private meetings of Cheney's energy task force.

So what makes anyone think Roberts would behave any differently?

- Thad

September 13, 2005

More Roberts Liveblogging

Posted by Thad

Via Roxanne, I see that NARAL have brought Jessica Valenti of Feministing on board to liveblog the John Roberts confirmation hearings on their blog Bush v. Choice. Tune in now for coverage of the first day of questioning.

- Thad

NOW rally in NYC this Thursday

NowPosted by Thad

Save the Supreme Court - September 15th, Union Square, 5:30 PM.

"Next week, join us at Union Square for a Save The Court Rally. Take part in sending a loud and public message to our leaders that women are demanding that the Supreme Court maintain a moderate voice."

Organized by NOW-NYC.

Go to the national NOW webiste for information about a protest near you.

Dr. B and Sheelzebub have thoughts on Roberts - Day 1. Supreme Court Watch are liveblogging the hearings.

Speaking of Rachel Maddow, Paul Rieckhoff, and Anthony Lappé, Paul and Anthony just interviewed Rachel about the first day of hearings. If you missed it, you should be able to grab the podcast in a few hours.

Also, I honestly didn't think this was possible, but Jill has a collection of comments from a thread at Dawn Eden's blog that make the members of the Krazy Kressent Klub look sane by comparison.

- Thad