Thursday, July 21, 2005

Conservative Criticism of Roberts Nomination

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has criticised President Bush's nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court, saying "Stealth nominees have never turned out to be a pleasant surprise for conservatives. Never. Not ever."

Coulter is not confident that Roberts is a tried-and-true opponent of Rowe v. Wade, either:

It means nothing that Roberts wrote briefs arguing for the repeal of Roe v. Wade when he worked for Republican administrations. He was arguing on behalf of his client, the United States of America. Roberts has specifically disassociated himself from those cases, dropping a footnote to a 1994 law review article that said:

"In the interest of full disclosure, the author would like to point out that as Deputy Solicitor General for a portion of the 1992-'93 term, he was involved in many of the cases discussed below. In the interest of even fuller disclosure, he would also like to point out that his views as a commentator on those cases do not necessarily reflect his views as an advocate for his former client, the United States."

This would have been the legal equivalent, after O.J.'s acquittal, of Johnnie Cochran saying: "Hey, I never said the guy was innocent. I was just doing my job."

Read it HERE.

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