21 December 2005

Federal Judge John Robertson resigns

The fall-out continues:

A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources. U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation.

7 comments:

The Continental Op said...

Damn, Karlo, your headline--which confuses Judge Robertson (who resigned) with Chief Justice Roberts (who didn't)--got me all excited!

Karlo said...

When I wrote that, I was thinking--this name sounds a bit too familiar... It's been fixed, and I've been saved from further embarrassment!

The Continental Op said...

You've almost got it. Robertson is merely a "Judge", not "Chief Justice", and his first name is "James".

But man, this is a great story! Let's watch the wingers attack this guy.

The Continental Op said...

Also, check out this story too: arch-conservative judge Michael Luttig (who was reputed to be Bush's second choice after Alito) has written a scathing opinion rejecting the Administration's position in the Padilla case.

Karlo said...

Good stuff!

Peter said...

And remember, Karlo, all of the current FISA judges (sitting district court jusges)were selected for the special duty by that wild-eyed radical, Bill Rehnquist.

Karlo said...

Renquist the Red--I think I've heard of him.