The Senate should not confirm John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The current Gulf Coast hurricane tragedy demonstrates that the country needs all branches of government to understand what we pay them to do. In order to preserve the tripartite framework of our government, we need a Chief Justice who has the people’s interests at heart and not the President’s.
As a judge, and while he was interviewing for a job as Supreme Court Justice, Roberts upheld federal authority for secret detentions and military tribunals in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, denying Geneva Convention and constitutional protections to certain people. If the executive branch can decide who gets constitutional protections, then none of us is safe.
Further, Roberts’ participation in the decision violated the U.S. Code provisions preventing judges from engaging in activities which give even the appearance of impropriety. It is not just apparently, but blatantly improper to join in a ruling on federal executive branch powers while interviewing for a Supreme Court appointment.
As a lawyer, Roberts sued to limit protection for people with disabilities, to curtail affirmative action for minorities, and to strike environmental protection regulations. He has shown that he believes in limiting federal power to protect people and expanding federal power to restrict their civil rights and liberties. Please oppose this nomination.
Jacqueline F. Colson
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