Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Trying to Read Roberts
From the sound bytes I heard, Judge Roberts managed to slide through his first day of questioning in his confirmation hearing for the Chief Justice position with the slickness one would expect of an attorney who argued in front of the High Court 39 times. Some significant statements: He believes in a constitutional right of privacy (via the protections of the 4th Amendment Search and Seizure clause and the 5th Amendment Due Process clause) and substantive due process via the 5th and 14th amendments -- which puts him somewhat to the left of Justices like Scalia. He is apparently trying to present himself as someone inoffensive to either the right or left.