19 July 2005

J. R. Jr.

Bush will nominate John Roberts Jr.

The Wikipedia article on Roberts as the following:

John Glover Roberts, Jr. (born January 27, 1955) is an American attorney, jurist, and political figure. He is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
On
July 19, 2005, Roberts was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, who retired pending the nomination and confirmation of a replacement on July 1. Roberts was originally intended to be named by Bush in a live, nationwide television broadcast at 9 p.m. EST, but the choice was reported by the Associated Press at 7:47 p.m. EST, 73 minutes before the official announcment. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will take office for a lifetime term.
Roberts is 50 years old and the first Supreme Court nominee in 11 years. He is a practicing
Catholic. He and his wife Jane have two children.

His Roe vs. Wade position will create political fireworks:

In a brief before the Supreme Court (Rust v. Sullivan, 500 U.S. 173, (1991)), Roberts wrote:
"We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled. As more fully explained in our briefs, filed as
amicus curiƦ, in Hodgson v. Minnesota, 110 S. Ct. 2926 (1990); Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 109 S. Ct. 3040 (1989); Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 476 U.S. 747 (1986); and City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, 462 U.S. 416 (1983), the Court's conclusions in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion and that government has no compelling interest in protecting prenatal human life throughout pregnancy find no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution."

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