September 14, 2005

September 14, 2005 | News Releases on Legal Issues

Heritage's Edwin Meese on Roberts: A Conservative "Home Run"

Washington, Sept. 14, 2005-Edwin Meese III, Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, today issued the following statement upon the closing of the third day of testimony by Judge John Roberts before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

"In his opening statement and testimony over the past three days, Judge John Roberts easily showed that the confidence President Bush placed in him was amply justified. Moreover, he certainly impressed the American people with his outstanding performance before the committee.

"Judge Roberts has been more forthcoming than any nominee to the High Court in recent memory, while carefully following the rules of judicial ethics. He ably demonstrated, in countless answers to the committee, that he is devoted to faithfully interpreting and applying the Constitution and laws as they are written and will give their words their plain and ordinary meaning.

"This devotion to apply the original meaning of the Constitution and laws is sorely needed today, when yet another federal judge in California has struck down the Pledge of Allegiance because it contains the words 'under God.'

"Over the past three days, John Roberts hit a home run for constitutional fidelity. He has proven beyond any serious doubt that he will be a steadfast defender of the actual Constitution - not the policymaking of activist judges."

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