Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Roberts hearings delayed

From AP:

The Senate will begin confirmation hearings next Monday for John Roberts to be Supreme Court chief justice, one week after President Bush selected him to replace the late William H. Rehnquist as the 17th leader of the nation's highest court, congressional officials said Tuesday.

Roberts was supposed to begin his confirmation as the replacement for the retiring Sandra Day O'Connor on Tuesday, but the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was canceled after Rehnquist's death and Bush's decision to elevate the 50-year-old Roberts to the top spot.

Congressional officials, both Republican and Democratic, said the hearings would begin the morning of September 12. They spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement was to be made later.