Roberts Proving an Artful Dodger

Roberts_2The questioning of SCOTUS nominee John Roberts began this morning. The nominee dodged specific answers to questions regarding Roe v. Wade and repeatedly sparred with Senator Joe Biden who accused Roberts of "filibustering" and at one point said, out of frustration, "Go ahead and continue not to answer."

When questioned on the possibility of faith influencing his decisions, Roberts replied, "There's nothing in my personal views based on faith or other sources that would prevent me from applying the precedent of the court faithfully under the principles of stare decisis." Stare decisis is the doctrine that courts are bound by previous court decisions over time.

Additionally, "Roberts said he never turned down a request for pro bono work while in private practice, including a case on gay rights. 'I think it's right that if there had been something morally objectionable, I suppose I would have.'"

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  1. That's quite amazing - I wonder if the religious right's heads are spinning around...

    It obviously doesn't mean that he's going to be waving the flag on allowing gay marriage/ adoption, but it does seem at least as if he doesn't view gay rights in Scalia-esque moralistic tones. Is he a really good liar, or am I missing something?

    Posted by: Patrick M | Sep 14, 2005 1:52:18 AM

  2. I find it very interesting that everyone wants to know John Roberts’ views or how he would rule on the controversial issues. But like a good judge, he does not know until the case is before him with all the details. I find it hard not to support him. We all know he is very qualified, even if you do not like him or support him. He obviously can set aside his beliefs and be partial. Remember he helped out on what many call the most important case in gay rights history. But, if you want to be sheep, and follow our supposed liberal gay leadership, and the "abortion rights" argument that’s up to you. (still can’t figure out how that pertains to gay rights) But I prefer to think for myself.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 14, 2005 6:01:54 AM

  3. Ruth Bader Ginsberg used the same (prudent and proper) tactics in her confirmation hearings.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 14, 2005 11:43:58 PM

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