Wednesday, July 20, 2005

What makes John Roberts dangerous

What?! Out of hundreds of people who must be as prepared as this schmoe, monkey boy couldn't find one woman or minority to balance out the court?

Am I surprised? No. Nothing about the radical right wing actions of the Bush administration suprises me anymore.

Robert Gordon at TPM Cafe wrote:

Roberts is the least likely of the rumored short listed candidates to provoke outrage. He is a well-known Washington insider, an institutional player, a highly-placed member of the legal Establishment. He enjoys the kind of respect Kenneth Starr had before embarking on his anti-Clinton crusade, as a safe, sound man, not an ideological zealot like Edith Jones or wacko like Janice Rogers Brown. These qualities are going to make Roberts's confirmation easier.

They are also what make him dangerous.

People for the American Way on Roberts:
On the Environment
During his short tenure as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Curcuit, Roberts has issued troubling dissents against environmental protection and veterans’ rights. In one case, Roberts wrote a dissent suggesting that the Endangered Species Act, at least as applied in a case concerning a California development project, was unconstitutional.

On Individual Privacy and Reproductive Rights:
As Deputy Solicitor General during the first Bush administration, Roberts tried to convince the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in a case that didn’t even directly concern that issue.

On the Separation of Church and State:
Roberts argued against clear First Amendment protections for religious liberty and in favor of officially sponsored school prayer at graduation ceremonies before the Supreme Court, which rejected his argument.

Veteran Protections:
Roberts argued American POWs tortured in Iraq during the Gulf War should not be able to utilize federal courts to pursue their claims.

Excessive Arrest Procedures:
Roberts ruled against a 12-year old girl who was handcuffed, arrested and taken away by police for eating a single French fry on the D.C. Metro, even though an adult would only have gotten a paper citation in that situation.


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