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During the confirmation process, the Senate Judiciary Commitee poured through reams of documents written by Supreme Court chief justice nominee John Roberts, Jr., when he was an associate counsel to President Reagan and deputy solicitor general to the first President Bush. And the committee questioned him for a few long days. As a result, we learned a tiny bit about his positions on such hot-button issues as abortion, judicial activism, and federalism. And we learned a few things about his personal life. He was cocaptain of his Catholic boarding school football team, graduated from Harvard College after only three years (he went on to Harvard Law School), and is the father of two telegenic towheads, Josie and the squirmy Jack. Still, many people, including various watchdog groups and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would like more insights into the justice’s tastes and predelictions. Fortunately, our operatives have found something that could help: the chief’s iTunes playlist. It probably says more about this straight shooter than any memo. John Roberts’s Playlist Release Date: October 3, 2005 Total Songs: 10 “I Shot the Sheriff,” Eric Clapton (Track 1): Law enforcement . . . a fugitive . . . an affirmative defense . . . what more could you ask for in a song? “I Fought the Law,” The Clash (Track 2): At least the Clash gave this song a happy ending:”The law won.” “Lawyers in Love,” Jackson Browne (Track 3): When Jane and I were “courting,” the guys at H&H (Hogan & Hartson to you laymen) would sing this song whenever I walked down the hall. “Am I the only one who hears the screams/And the strangled cries of lawyers in love” � it’s as though Jackson Browne was writing about me. “Will Your Lawyer Talk to God,” Kitty Wells (Track 4): I love this song, but I won’t answer any questions about it. “One Million Lawyers,” Tom Paxton (Track 5): I’m sure Tom Paxton doesn’t mean this as a good thing � “In ten years we’re gonna have 1 million lawyers” � but it’s a catchy tune. “Let the Eagle Soar,” former attorney general John Ashcroft (Track 6): Makes me proud to be an American. But I have to admit that Mr. Ashcroft is no Barry Manilow. “Under My Thumb,” The Rolling Stones (Track 7): I’ll be humming this (to myself) as I assign Dave Souter every administrative and procedural opinion on our docket. “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” John Philip Sousa (Track 8): What I’ll have playing when we announce the 9-to-0 decision in Rumsfeld v. FAIR, the law schools’ effort to curb military recruiters’ access to students because of the ban on openly gay servicemen. “Shake My Sillies Out,” Raffi (Track 9): Jack’s favorite song these days. He’s been shaking and jumping around even more since Senator Warner told him at the hearing, “You can wiggle a little bit in here.” “The Law Is the True Embodiment” from Iolanthe, D’Oyly Carte Opera Company (Track 10): As a Friend of Bill (Rehnquist), who loved Gilbert & Sullivan, my tribute: “The Law is the true embodiment/Of everything that’s excellent/It has no kind of fault or flaw/And I, my Lords, embody the Law.” Bob Feinberg is deputy general counsel of Corporate Counsel’s parent company ALM.

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