One of the earliest and most telling decisions John Roberts Jr. will confront if confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court has nothing to do with hot-button issues like abortion. The question is whether he will join the cert pool -- the arrangement whereby justices pool their law clerks to divide up and read incoming certiorari petitions. Whether Roberts joins will be an early signal of how he plans to use his time and his clerks. The nominee has already voiced some concerns about the process.
Will Roberts Jump Into the Supreme Court Cert Pool?
August 11, 2005