Thursday, July 21, 2005

Justice nominee Roberts and the Federalist Society

I am a proud card carrying member of the Federalist Society and I sit on the Board of the local Orange County, CA Chapter. The Federalist Society, while being completely non-partisan and apolitical, nevertheless promotes a particular - and indisputably correct - viewpoint about the business of judging. As stated on the Orange County Chapter's website:

"The Orange County Lawyers' Chapter is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be."

Thus, I am anxiously awaiting any analysis from Federalist Society members (the society as a whole does not take positions, but merely provides a forum for others to express their views) as to Justice nominee John Roberts. I expect to be getting some soon. The New York Times reports this tidbit about the President's outreach to conservative leaders to help promote John Roberts:

"By 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, as Mr. Bush was informing important members of the Senate before his 9 p.m. televised announcement, Karl Rove, the president's political adviser, was calling key conservatives to tell them that Judge Roberts was the pick. One of Mr. Rove's first calls was a conference call with Mr. Gray; Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society and the head of Catholic outreach for the Republican Party; Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, an evangelical group; and former Attorney General Edwin Meese III of the Heritage Foundation."

I've met Leonard Leo many times and he is as rock solid as they come. If Leonard - after his investigation and review - is convinced of John Robert's worth, then so am I.


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