Saturday, August 20, 2005

More musings from a young man

I guess with all the documents released from Judge Roberts tenure as a civil servant there's bound to be a lot of stuff. Even with all the papers withheld by the Administration, we seem to be finding some good material for newspapers and blogs.

Jo Becker, R. Jeffrey Smith and Sonya Geis report in today's Washington Post,
When John G. Roberts Jr. accepted President Bush's nomination to the Supreme Court last month, he spoke with awe about the high court. He had argued 39 cases before the justices, but he said he "always got a lump in my throat whenever I walked up those marble steps."

Two decades earlier though, as a young lawyer in the Reagan administration, Roberts expressed less reverential comments, repeatedly arguing that the high court was interfering in issues best left to Congress. He even wrote approvingly of an effort to term-limit federal judges instead of giving them lifetime appointments, so they "would not lose all touch with reality through decades of ivory tower existence.

"The federal judiciary today benefits from an insulation from political pressure even as it usurps the role of the political branches," he wrote his boss, White House counsel Fred F. Fielding, on Oct. 3, 1983.
I wonder what he thinks now, some twenty-plus years later.

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