A Profile of Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court by anamaulida

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									Slowly, but surely, the United States Supreme Court has been transforming
to a more conservative philosophy. This transformation is being cemented
by Chief Justice Roberts.       In the opinion of some, there is no more
powerful government body than the United States Supreme Court. The reason
for this opinion has to do with the issue of time. A President serves a
four year term and no more than two in a row. In Congress, there is an
election every 2 years for representatives and 6 for senators. While they
can get re-elected over and over, it is no sure thing. With the Supreme
Court, the Justices serve for life. This gives them a unique opportunity
to greatly influence society over a significant amount of time. Since
they are not elected to the position, they also have more freedom to rule
as they wish without concern for their poll numbers.


  With the appointment of John Roberts as Chief Justice, the Supreme
Court has recently been transformed for the foreseeable future. As Chief
Justice, Judge Roberts controls much of the court through procedures. He
can define the amount of debate on subjects while also picking which
Justice will write the majority opinion on certain cases. It may sound
simplistic, but these procedural elements go along way in deciding cases
and laying out the specific legal rulings in them. In the case of Chief
Justice Roberts, he has the opportunity to really define the law of the
land for the next 20 to 30 years since he is only 52 years old.       So,
who is John Roberts? He was born on January 27, 1955 in Buffalo, New
York. He is a Roman Catholic and attended private Catholic school while
growing up in an upper middle class family. He attended Harvard for both
his undergraduate education and law school, obtaining the top rank in his
class. In his professional life, he has worked in positions ranging from
a law clerk for former Chief Justice Rehnquist to acting as Associate
Counsel for President Ronald Regan.      Oddly, Chief Justice Roberts
does not have much -œtime in the chair.-• His first judicial position was
on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. A
scant two years later, he was nominated and confirmed to his current
position. Now that is serious career advancement!      Philosophically,
Chief Justice Roberts is considered to be a conservative. His decisions
reveal him as a man that generally believes in government rights and a
strict interpretation of the law. He appears, however, to also be a
cautious man when it comes to changing the law. In practical terms, he
seems to respect well established law and is more like to tweak it than
seek a blanket change. In the case of Rowe v. Wade, the standard of most
Supreme Court discussions, he seems unlike to support overturning it
although he is probably interested in tweaking it.       The really
interesting thing about Chief Justice Roberts is his age. He is so young,
that we can expect to see him controlling and shaping the legal landscape
for an extended time period. Let us hope he makes wise decisions!
Richard A. Chapo is with SanDiegoBusinessLawFirm.com - providing San
Diego legal services.


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