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									                 Roundtable: Chief Justice John Roberts

1.0   Meta Information

      ID#                                        RT027
      Date of Videotaping                        December 2005
      Title                                      Chief Justice John Roberts
      General Topics/Chapters                    Courts
      Moderator                                  Bryan Reece
      Commentators                               Victor Obasohan and Dennis Falcon
      Overview                                   John Roberts is the 17th Chief Justice
                                                 of the United States--we've had 43
                                                 Presidents, but only 17 Chief Justices.
                                                 One of the reasons we've had so few is
                                                 because justices are appointed for life
                                                 and with the 50 year old Roberts, it will
                                                 probably be a very long time before we
                                                 appoint the 18th Supreme Court
                                                 Justice.

2.0   Shoot Notes/Outline

      2.1 Introduction Ideas/Concept

             John Roberts is the 17th Chief Justice of the United States--we've
              had 43 Presidents, but only 17 Chief Justices. One of the reasons
              we've had so few is because justices are appointed for life and with
              the 50 year old Roberts, it will probably be a very long time before we
              appoint the 18th Supreme Court Justice.
             My name is . . .
             Today we are talking about . . .

      2.2 Relevance (Include Definitions if Necessary)

             [Dennis] Why is should students be concerned with John Roberts the
              person?

      2.3 First Discussion Topic

             What does the Chief Justice do? What is his role? How do you think
              John Roberts will influence the court as chief Justice?




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      2.4 Second Discussion Topic

             Around the time Roberts was going through his Senate confirmation,
              we asked MPSL students a polling question related to Supreme
              Court terms. Almost 60% or our students indicated that justices
              should not serve a life term. What if anything do you think this says
              about the Roberts' appointment?

                     Student Poll
               U.S. Supreme Court
               Justices should be
               __________.

               appointed for
                                  20.1%
               life
               elected for life    22.1%
               appointed for
                                   25.8%
               a term
               elected for a
                                     32.0%
               term


                     Total votes: 1297




      2.5 Third Discussion Topic

             When we look back in history we like to talk about the "________"
              court. What do you think the legacy of the Roberts court will be in
              comparison to other courts?

      2.6 Conclusion Ideas

             The Roberts court is very young and may be a fixture of the
              American political process for the next few decades. Given what you
              have learned about Chief Justice Roberts, where do you think he will
              take the court? Where do you think he will take us?

3.0   Factoids/MPSL Tie-Ins

      3.1 Student Polls




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             Student Poll
        Judge John Roberts will be
        __________ by the
        Senate.

        approved with
        little                   42.7%
        controversy
        approved with
        much                 42.0%
        controversy
        rejected        15.3%



              Total votes: 646




3.2 John Roberts' Bio

         September 29, 2005, confirmed by Senate
         17th Chief Justice
          Replaces Chief Justice Rehnquist
         50 years old, youngest Chief Justice since John Marshall
          took the bench in 1801 at the age of 45.
         Grew up in Long Beach, Indiana
         Football Player in HS
         Harvard University BA (history) and Harvard Law
         Clerked for William H. Rehnquist
         Worked for Reagan Administration in 80's and Private
          Practice in the 90's
         2001, President George W. Bush nominated him to be a
          judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
          Columbia Circuit
         He is a "judicial minimalist" emphasizing respect for
          precedent rather than a broader, more controversial
          approach like originalism.
         His judicial record is not extremely well known.
         Considered deliberate and well-reasoned
         Early track record indicates that he is very active in the
          courts dialogue during proceedings and more likely to
          release hearings to media via audio tape.

3.3 Religion on the Court

         John Roberts (Catholic)
         Stephen Breyer (Jewish)
         Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jewish)
         Anthony M. Kennedy (Catholic)


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              Antonin Scalia (Catholic)
              David Souter (Protestant)
              John Paul Stevens (Protestant)
              Clarence Thomas (Catholic)
              Samuel Alito (Catholic)

      3.4 Chief Justices

                                  Year
           Chief Justice                          Appointed By
                                  Appointed**
           John Jay               1789            Washington
           John Rutledge          1795            Washington
           Oliver Ellsworth       1796            Washington
           John Marshall          1801            John Adams
           Roger B. Taney         1836            Jackson
           Salmon P. Chase        1864            Lincoln
           Morrison R. Waite      1874            Grant
           Melville W. Fuller     1888            Cleveland
           Edward D. White        1910            Taft
           William H. Taft        1921            Harding
           Charles E. Hughes      1930            Hoover
           Harlan F. Stone        1941            F. Roosevelt
           Fred M. Vinson         1946            Truman
           Earl Warren            1953            Eisenhower
           Warren E. Burger       1969            Nixon
           William Rehnquist      1986            Reagan
           John G. Roberts        2005            G. W. Bush

4.0   Annotations

5.0   Multiple Choice Questions

      1. The U.S. Chief Justice leads the:
         *a. U.S. Supreme Court.
         b. state superior courts
         c. military courts
         d. state supreme courts.
         e. federal district courts.

      2. John Roberts is the _____ Supreme Court Justice.
         *a. 17th
         b. 10th


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   c. 25th
   d. 43rd
   e. 5th

3. Roberts is considered _______ for a Chief Justice.
   *a. young
   b. old
   c. unintelligent
   d. insincere
   e. corrupt

4. The poll referenced in this video indicates that over _______ % of MPSL
   students believe that justice should not serve a life term.
   *a. 60
   b. 80
   c. 40
   d. 20
   e. 10

5. Roberts was appointed by President:
   *a. Bush
   b. Clinton
   c. Reagan
   d. Carter
   e. Ford




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