Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Your One Stop Shop for Everything Roberts

There are so many fantastic posts about Judge Roberts at Volokh Conspiracy, especially by Law Prof Orin Kerr, that I don't even know where to begin. Most recently, and unsurprisingly, there has been much discussion of the Naral ad, not from a progressive strategy point of view, but from a straight law point of view. Here's a list, although just visiting and browsing is rewarding enough.

Volokh on the propriety of various questions during confirmation hearings.

Kerr on "defending the bad guys," i.e., the implications of Roberts argument as an SG in the Bray case that Naral highlighted in its since-withdrawn ad.

Lindgren on the distinction between preserving or arguing for legal clarity in ways that favor odious organizations and actively supporting them and their activities. By way of illustration, he observes that if Roberts', acting for the Bush 41 admin, can properly be accused of getting into bed with violent protesters, styled "terrorists," then you're going to have to make room for Justices Ginsburg and Breyer, who voted against NOW in a related case in a way that effectively favored violent protesters by excluding them from RICO liability. This post aggregates a bunch of the prominent stuff on NARAL, so it's also a great starting point to catch up on blog commentary on the issues.

Volokh provides a number of links to released Roberts-related documents.

Kerr on whether Roberts is "another Henry Friendly," the famed and universally well-regarded judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for whom Judge Roberts clerked after he graduated law school.


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