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John Roberts’ was confirmed to the Supreme Court as chief justice to succeed the deceased William Rehnquist. Legal Times presents our coverage on Roberts’ journey to the High Court.

Roberts Confirmed as Chief Justice With Senate Democrats split evenly down the middle, Judge John Roberts Jr. was confirmed today as the nation’s 17th chief justice by a 78-22 margin.


Roberts Approved by Judiciary Committee The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 13-5 to confirm John Roberts Jr. as the country’s 17th chief justice of the United States, with three of the panel’s eight Democrats voting to approve the 50-year-old appellate court judge.


The Lawyer’s Lawyer In both content and tone, John Roberts Jr.’s three days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee conveyed more than anything else the demeanor and world view of a high court litigator at the top of his game: pragmatic and non-ideological, cool to the point of being bloodless. Players and Protesters, But Little Drama Viewed from television, John Roberts Jr.’s confirmation hearings seemed at times like a particularly long and slow-moving Shakespearean play. But away from the cameras, a second drama unfolded: the battle by activists, political aides, and media advisers to influence perceptions of the hearings. • Do Nonbelievers Count? — COMMENTARY


Roberts Concludes Three Days of Testimony Eliciting praise for his intellectual firepower from one of his sharpest Democratic critics, Judge John Roberts Jr. concluded his time before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday by declaring that he was not an ideologue and defending his three days of testimony as both “fully expansive” and “fully responsive.”


Roberts Says He’s Been More Expansive Than Confirmed Justices John Roberts Jr. moved into the second day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, with Democrats still complaining that the likely future chief justice remains too much of a cipher, and with GOP committee members stressing that Roberts has answered more questions than any other nominee.


Roberts Challenged by Democratic Senators The Senate Judiciary Committee’s second day of hearings into the nomination of John Roberts Jr. for chief justice was marked by withering criticism by some Democrats upset over Roberts’ refusal to disavow comments he made while a Justice Department lawyer and as an assistant White House counsel.


Roberts Pledges Judicial Humility in Opening Remarks Chief justice nominee John Roberts Jr. opened his Senate confirmation hearing testimony Monday with a brief but powerful pledge of judicial humility, fair-mindedness, and respect for precedent. From All the Rage to a Near Afterthought While John Roberts Jr.’s role on the Supreme Court suddenly grew in importance, from associate justice to chief justice, the drama of his confirmation hearings this week diminished � and the significance of retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s newly reopened seat soared. More Than One Justice Among Nine In swiftly switching John Roberts Jr. from the Sandra Day O’Connor seat to the chief justice opening created by William Rehnquist’s death, President George W. Bush may have left the impression that the jobs of associate justice and chief justice are fairly interchangeable. But in reality, the job Roberts signed up for has sweeping, if usually unstated, powers and significance. • New SG Deputy Has Close Ties to RobertsHow Well Does He Write? – COMMENTARY


The Judiciary Committee’s Star Turn Next week’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, now upgraded for the chief justice seat, promise to be as theatrical as Congress gets. But the telegenic John Roberts Jr. will, in some respects, be a supporting actor, sharing the stage with 18 senators who view the hearings as their own star vehicle. Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at 80 The death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist late on Saturday ended his historic 33-year career on the Supreme Court, and presents President George W. Bush with a rare challenge to fill another vacancy just as John Roberts Jr., his nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor, was nominated on Monday to replace Rehnquist as chief justice.


Ethics Expert on Roberts Had Pentagon Ties Last week Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) released ethics opinions from two law professors defending Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ participation in a case challenging the legality of the Pentagon’s military trials at Guant�namo Bay. One professor, though, may have his own conflict of interest.


Roberts Faces Abortion Test Among the first cases John Roberts Jr. will hear should he reach the Supreme Court is what might turn out to be the most significant abortion decision in years. It will be the first abortion case the Court considers since President George W. Bush took office.


Roberts Exits ABA Case in D.C. Circuit

John Roberts The Supreme Court nominee last week recused himself from the case, in which the American Bar Association is a party, months after he heard oral arguments in the matter. Behind the Legend of Roberts’ 9-0 Loss The 1994 Supreme Court decision Digital Equipment Corp. v. Desktop Direct is complex, obscure, and easily forgotten. But stealthily, it has entered the growing body of John Roberts Jr. folklore as analysts and advocates pore over his record ahead of Supreme Court confirmation hearings later this summer. Roberts May Look to Stay Out of the Pool One of the earliest and most telling decisions John Roberts Jr. will confront if confirmed for the Supreme Court has nothing to do with hot-button issues like abortion. The question is whether he will join the cert pool. • Riding the Coattails of the Solicitor General � COMMENTARY

An Early Crucible An ADA case on the docket for the Supreme Court’s next term may pivot on how high court nominee John Roberts Jr. � if confirmed and seated in time to hear the Nov. 9 case � interprets the law and how bound he feels by precedent.


Roberts and Scalia: Standing Side by Side In a rare moment of candor, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. provided an impassioned defense of conservative legal principles in a 1993 law review article and endorsed the views of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Flower of the Reagan Revolution Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. may be the first high court candidate to emerge from the Reagan-era conservative machine.

John Roberts The Year Roberts Had Rehnquist’s Ear Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. may indeed be grilled for his writings as an executive branch lawyer in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. Senate Democrats last week pressed for the release of even more documents from those periods of Roberts’ professional life. • What Roberts Argued � COMMENTARY • Inadmissible: Roberts’ Philosophy Revealed… Maybe

With New Justice, New Dynamic If, as expected, John Roberts Jr. is confirmed to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, how will he interact with them and possibly influence the Court’s direction? • Left Behind: Lobby Groups On SidelinesWhen Life Was a Beach A Career of Clients and Controversies There are difficulties of pinpointing John Roberts’ personal beliefs from his more than 12-year career as an attorney in private practice and calculating how they might bear on his role as a Supreme Court justice. • What to Expect From Roberts on BenchA Season of Change for the D.C. CircuitGetting to Know Him � COMMENTARIES Three law professors (Neal Katyal of Georgetown, Suzanna Sherry of Vanderbilt, and Randy Barnett of Boston University) answer the question: What should the Senate be asking John Roberts?


Bush Taps Roberts for High Court

John Roberts & President Bush Calling him a man with a “good heart” and a lawyer of “extraordinary accomplishment and ability,” President George W. Bush Tuesday chose D.C. Circuit judge and former Hogan & Hartson partner John Roberts Jr. to replace the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor.

Political Calculus of Replacing O’Connor Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s surprise retirement leaves President George W. Bush in a bind: Can he possibly replace the first woman on the Supreme Court with a white male?

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