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2005-09-16 12:48:55

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...

2005-09-15 16:48:35

By Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Declaring "I am not an ideologue," John Roberts on Thursday finished a four-day Senate committee appearance and headed toward expected confirmation to lead the Supreme Court as the 17th U.S. chief justice. The Republican-led Senate appears likely to approve President George W. Bush's 50-year-old conservative nominee before the Supreme Court begins its new term on October 3. Democrats took a final crack at trying to pin him...

2005-09-15 15:22:11

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Chief Justice nominee John Roberts concluding his Senate testimony on Thursday and headed toward confirmation, both sides began maneuvering for the looming battle over the next Supreme Court vacancy. Three days of questioning by Senate Judiciary Committee members left Roberts, President George W. Bush's conservative nominee to replace late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, largely unscathed and steaming toward...

2005-09-15 12:00:44

By Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Declaring "I am not an ideologue," John Roberts on Thursday finished a four-day Senate committee appearance and headed toward expected confirmation to lead the Supreme Court as the 17th U.S. chief justice. The Republican-led Senate appears likely to approve President George W. Bush's 50-year-old conservative nominee before the Supreme Court begins its new term on October 3. Democrats took a final crack at trying to pin him...

2005-09-14 17:44:54

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice nominee John Roberts said on Wednesday that if confirmed by the Senate he would seek greater consensus on the often bitterly divided Supreme Court that has spawned frustration with a series of 5-4 rulings. Roberts, President George W. Bush's nominee to replace the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, made the pledge as Democrats complained he had dodged many questions in two days of his confirmation hearing before the...

2005-09-14 13:36:23

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice nominee John Roberts said on Wednesday that if confirmed by the Senate he would seek consensus on the often bitterly divided Supreme Court and clear rulings to help guide lower courts. Undergoing questioning for a second day by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Roberts appeared headed toward confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate to replace William Rehnquist and become the nation's 17th chief justice. Without...

2005-09-13 10:39:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chief Justice nominee John Roberts declined to say on Tuesday if he would reverse the long-standing decision legalizing abortion but said he believed the U.S. Constitution accorded Americans the right to privacy, the key underpinning of the landmark ruling. Roberts, a conservative appeals court judge, told the panel considering his nomination to lead the U.S. Supreme Court that he respects legal precedent, which includes the 1973 high court decision, Roe v....

2005-09-12 16:50:48

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice nominee John Roberts, his record on civil rights and women's rights challenged by Democrats, vowed at the start of his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday to ensure that the Supreme Court protects all Americans. "I have no agenda, but I do have a commitment," Roberts, President George W. Bush's conservative nominee to replace the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "If I am confirmed, I will confront...

2005-09-12 14:27:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate opened its first Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 11 years on Monday with Republicans and Democrats jockeying for position as they told chief justice nominee John Roberts to expect tough questions on his legal record. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said his panel faces its "biggest challenge of the year and perhaps the decade." The committee of 10 Republicans and eight Democrats will decide whether...

2005-09-12 11:55:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Roberts had hoped to soon join Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now Roberts likely will succeed the late legal giant, who was one of his earliest conservative mentors. A generation ago, Roberts served as a young law clerk to Rehnquist, helping the then associate justice research and write court opinions. President George W. Bush nominated Roberts, a federal appeals court judge for the past two years who has also worked in two...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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