Roberts, Supreme Court

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Aug 01 2005 - 18:01:31 CDT

The focus in the media seems to be the overturn of Roe/Wade, however equally and more important is the role Judge Roberts played in the 2000 election when votes were sitting in Tallahassee waiting to be counted as ordered by Judge Terry. Roberts role was to advise the FL Legislature that even if Gore was proven the winner by a hand count their plan was still to install Bush despite the will of the electorate.

July 20, 2005

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Wexler: Bush's Supreme Court Pick Insulting to Disenfranchised Florida Voters

Urges Senate to Reject Roberts for Role in 2000 Recount

(Washington, DC) - Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) issued the following statement conveying why he believes the Senate should reject President Bush┬’s nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. CNN┬’s Anderson Cooper reported last night that ┬“Mr. Roberts┬’s law firm had a big part in Mr. Bush┬’s legal fight in the recount back in election year 2000.┬” In addition, today's Dallas Morning News added that ┬“three sources who were personally aware of Judge Roberts┬’ role said he gave Republican Gov. Jeb Bush critical advice on how the Florida Legislature could constitutionally name George W. Bush the winner at a time when Republicans feared that if the recount were to continue the courts might force a different choice.┬” Wexler believes that the Senate should reject Roberts┬’ nomination due to his leading role in the contentious 2000 Presidential recount as well as his politically jaundiced legal briefs in favor of issues championed !
 by the far right including overturning Roe v. Wade and support for prayer in schools:

┬“Last night, President Bush┬’s nomination of Judge Roberts threw salt on the wounds of the thousands of Floridians whose voting rights were disenfranchised during the 2000 election. Judge Roberts worked to ensure that George Bush would become President ┬– regardless of what the courts might decide. And now he is being rewarded for that partisan service by being appointed to the nation┬’s highest court. His advice to Governor Jeb Bush on ways that George Bush could be seated as President regardless of the outcome of court decisions is extremely disturbing. It shows that his partisan agenda overrides his respect for the rights of voters or the decisions of the courts. The Senate should reject him on the basis of this alone. If his nomination is not opposed, a man who clearly is unable to be an impartial figure will be given a life-time appointment to the highest court in the land and allowed to legislate his conservative ideology from the bench. Throughout his career, !
 Roberts has aligned himself with the right-wing of the Republican Party, as evident during the 2000 recount and by his decision to represent the previous Bush Administration┬’s ultra-conservative agenda on overturning Roe v. Wade and allowing prayer in school.

┬“Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his dissenting view of Bush v. Gore, ┬‘One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year┬’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is this Nation┬’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.┬’ If Roberts is confirmed by the Senate, the winner will be a growing political divide and the loss of an independent and impartial judiciary will again be felt by the American people.┬”

Congressman Wexler is a senior member of the House International Relations Committee and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.


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