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2005-10-03 13:03:24

By David Wiessler WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 10:35 a.m., new Chief Justice John Roberts opened the 2005-2006 Supreme Court session on Monday and launched the highest U.S. judicial body into the Roberts era, which could last for decades. "On behalf of all the members of the court, it is a pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome," Justice John Paul Stevens told the conservative Roberts before the official opening in a brief ceremony attended by President George W. Bush. Stevens...

2005-10-03 09:23:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Roberts was installed on Monday as the nation's 17th chief justice in a special Supreme Court ceremony attended by President George W. Bush, family members and his high court colleagues. During the four-minute special sitting, Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's most senior member, again administered the judicial oath that Roberts already took last week at a White House ceremony after the Senate confirmed him by a 78-22 vote. "On behalf of all the...

2005-10-02 08:29:16

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The John Roberts era at the Supreme Court begins on Monday, when the youngest U.S. chief justice in 200 years presides in a term that will include cases on contentious issues such as abortion, assisted suicide and financing of political campaigns. As the 17th U.S. chief justice, the 50-year-old Roberts succeeds fellow conservative William Rehnquist, 80, who died a month ago, in a lifetime job that positions him to help shape the American way of...

2005-09-30 13:57:42

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday completed consultations with the Senate on who should be his nominee to fill a second vacancy on the Supreme Court and was close to making an announcement, the White House said. Spokesman Scott McClellan left open the possibility that the announcement could come next week on Bush's choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the high court. Women and minorities were believed high on a short list of candidates...

2005-09-29 14:07:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Roberts, a 50-year-old conservative, was sworn in on Thursday as the 17th chief justice of the United States, a lifetime post that positions him to help shape the American way of life for decades. In a White House ceremony, Roberts took the oath as youngest chief justice in two centuries just hours after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as President George W. Bush's first nominee to the Supreme Court.

2005-09-29 11:52:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative federal Judge John Roberts, President George W. Bush's first nominee to the Supreme Court, won U.S. Senate confirmation on Thursday as the 17th chief justice of the United States. Once sworn in, likely later in the day, the 50-year-old Roberts will be the youngest chief justice in two centuries and positioned to hold the lifetime post for decades -- helping shape the American way of life on matters from civil rights to abortion rights.

2005-09-21 08:27:32

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate leaders warned President George W. Bush on Wednesday that his next nominee to the Supreme Court will likely face a far more contentious confirmation battle than John Roberts, who is poised to become U.S. chief justice. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, emerged from a White House meeting to say he had advised the president to ask retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to stay on through the...

2005-09-20 07:38:16

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he will vote for John Roberts to be U.S. chief justice even though it is uncertain what the conservative appeals court judge will do on the Supreme Court. "It's my judgment that he's well qualified ... and I intend to vote aye when his nomination is called before the Senate," the Republican chairman, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said in a Senate speech. "Notwithstanding his...

2005-09-19 15:54:39

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he will vote for John Roberts to be U.S. chief justice even though it is uncertain what the conservative appeals court judge will do on the Supreme Court. "It's my judgment that he's well qualified ... and I intend to vote aye when his nomination is called before the Senate," the Republican chairman, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said in a Senate speech. "Notwithstanding his...

2005-09-16 13:44:23

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday opposed John Roberts' nomination to be U.S. Supreme Court chief justice, making him the first noted Republican to break with the Bush administration over who should lead America's top court. Bloomberg, a former Democrat seeking re-election in a heavily Democratic city, said Roberts had failed to show a commitment to upholding the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision establishing a right to abortion. "I am unconvinced...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'