September 29, 2005

September 29, 2005 | News Releases on Legal Issues

Heritage Foundation Legal Experts Hail Senate's Duty on Roberts Vote

Washington, Sept. 29, 2005-Edwin Meese III and Todd Gaziano, chairman and director, respectively, of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, today issued the following statement on the Senate's 78-22 vote to confirm John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States:

"The Constitution's 'advice and consent' process worked today when the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States, knowing well that he will exercise judicial restraint and adhere to the limited role of the Court.

"There was a full and fair debate about whether Judge Roberts possessed the intellect, temperament and devotion to the Constitution to lead the U.S. Supreme Court. In more than 22 hours of questioning, Judge Roberts convinced the Senate that he will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws as written and resist the temptation to legislate from the bench.

"The bottom line is that the confirmation process established that the president's judicial philosophy is in the mainstream of American law and politics. A substantial majority of senators, including an impressive number of Democrats, enthusiastically supported Roberts after hearing his views and commitment to judicial restraint.

"Other Democrats may simply have performed their 'advice and consent' duty as envisioned by our Founders, who gave the president the power to select justices. We honor their devotion to this duty.

"We hope that future court confirmations will follow this example."

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