Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Roberts hearing may focus on government work

The Dems are hopping mad because the Bush administration is refusing to give them the ammo they need against John Roberts:

John Roberts has handled thousands of cases as a lawyer and judge, but his Supreme Court confirmation hearing probably will focus on just a fraction of them.

While most come from Roberts' service as deputy solicitor general under the first President Bush, a case involving gay rights is drawing attention to his work in private practice.

For a Republican administration, Roberts handled issues such as abortion, affirmative action, school prayer and capital punishment.

The White House has refused Democrats' request for Roberts' writings on the cases he handled for the government, saying they are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Democrats, including members of the Senate committee that will hold hearings on the nomination beginning September 6, are not so sure. Because Roberts is not speaking publicly ahead of his confirmation hearings, they believe the documents can provide insight into the legal philosophy of the 50-year-old appellate judge and whether his appointment might shift the high court significantly to the right.

So what's the big deal you say? What harm could be done by releasing some of the documents you say?

At least some solicitor general communications have been released to senators in the past, during the failed nomination of Robert Bork by President Reagan. Democrats seized on the extensive paper trail and used it to help scuttle Bork's appointment.

Never try to appease the enemy.

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