8/19/2005

Documents Show Roberts' Conservative Side - Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts was a staunch defender of the conservative policies of the Reagan administration during his time as a young White House lawyer, and a surprising critic of then-Chief Justice Warren Burger and the nation's highest court.

Roberts, nominated by
President Bush to replace retiring Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, thought little of Burger's idea to add an additional court to the federal judiciary to help relieve the high court's workload.

"While some of the tales of woe emanating from the Court are enough to bring tears to the eyes, it is true that only Supreme Court justices and schoolchildren are expected to and do take the entire summer off," Roberts wrote on April 19, 1983, in a memo to his boss Fred Fielding, the White House counsel.

He went on to say: "The generally accepted notion that the Court can only hear roughly 150 cases a year gives the same sense of reassurance as the adjournment of the court in July, when we know the Constitution is safe for the summer."

Those words may return to haunt Roberts when he faces the Senate Judiciary Committee next month, where senators will question him on his ability and qualifications to sit on that court.

The memo and other materials made public Thursday by the
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., and the National Archives completed the disclosure of more than 50,000 pages that cover Roberts' tenure as a lawyer in the White House counsel's office from 1982-86.


Documents Show Roberts' Conservative Side - Yahoo! News

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