Wednesday, July 27, 2005

More on John Roberts and Bush's "activist" judges

George Bush on judges, "I am troubled by activist judges" Source: NY Daily News, Feb 24, 2004. Ok, but let's look at John Robert's history.

Roberts Urged Limited 'Judicial Activism'

WASHINGTON - John Roberts as a young government lawyer pushed for a limited Supreme Court role on hot-button issues in the 1980s such as death penalty appeals, newly released documents show. Senate Democrats quickly pressed for release of more material that would shed light on the high court nominee's views.


George Bush uses the term "activist" to frame liberal judges as distorting the Constitution to reach their end goal. However, one should look at some of the judges he has brought forth for appointment. For a full list go to this website

Alabama Attorney General, William Pryor, whom Bush placed on the Eleventh Circuit through a recess appointment, raised money from corporations doing business in the state that he was supposed to be policing. Pryor has called Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history" and has argued that the Supreme Court should cut back on the protections of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, nominated to the DC Circuit, has suggested that the Social Security system is unconstitutional and accused senior citizens of "blithely cannibaliz[ing] their grandchildren."

Attorney Thomas Griffith, nominated to the DC Circuit, has argued against a key component of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (which bars sex discrimination by educational institutions), raising broad concerns about his approach both to that landmark law and to other critical areas of civil rights law.

Idaho lawyer William Myers III, nominated to the Ninth Circuit, has compared federal laws protecting the environment to the "tyranny" of King George III over the colonies.

Richard Griffin, a Michigan state court of appeals judge nominated to the Sixth Circuit, has shown hostility to workers and civil rights, as well as the rights of the accused.


Blogger lemming said...

Happy thoughts... I'm thinking happy thoughts...

(pours glass of merlot)


July 27, 2005  

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