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2005-08-29 16:42:05

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts was told on Monday to expect questions at his Senate confirmation hearing about the Bush administration's view on the torture of prisoners as it pursues a war against terrorism. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said that during a meeting with Roberts he gave the conservative nominee a copy of a widely publicized administration memo that outlined how to avoid violating U.S. and international...

2005-08-17 18:11:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Bar Association on Wednesday gave U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts its highest rating when it unanimously labeled him "well qualified" for the job. The 15-member ABA committee that evaluated Roberts suitability for a seat on the highest court came as some Senate Democrats stepped up their criticisms of President George W. Bush's choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat on the...

2005-08-06 00:20:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush Administration refused on Friday to release some documents sought by Democratic lawmakers from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' work as deputy solicitor general, opening the door for conflict as the Senate votes later this year on his confirmation. "It is simply contrary to the public interest for these documents to be released," the Justice Department wrote in a letter to Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the committee that will first...

2005-08-01 14:07:37

By Deborah Charles NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Monday he would have "very serious concerns" about sharing internal documents requested by Senate Democrats in the debate over John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court. In an interview with Reuters, Gonzales also said the Justice Department does not routinely respond to such requests unless they come from the full Senate Judiciary Committee, which will begin confirmation hearings on Roberts on...

2005-07-29 19:49:40

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats challenged the White House on Friday to provide documents stemming from U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' work as an attorney in the first Bush administration and lawmakers announced his confirmation hearings would begin on Sept. 6. The White House had declared the documents the Democrats want off-limits, but Democratic lawmakers said the Senate Judiciary Committee would need them to scrutinize Roberts properly. "We would...

2005-07-29 15:42:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic senators on Friday worked to set a date for U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' confirmation hearing after an agreement to start the process on Sept. 6 collapsed. "We thought we had an arrangement and it fell through," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican said in a brief interview outside the Senate chamber. "We are working on it." Specter said earlier this week if there was no agreement with...

2005-07-29 10:25:46

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plan to begin U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' confirmation hearings on Sept. 6, congressional aides said on Friday. Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the panel's top Democrat, intend to formally announce the date later on Friday, the aides said. The two have sought an agreement on the hearings since shortly after President Bush nominated Roberts last week to...

2005-07-27 16:17:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dispute between Democrats and the White House over U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' internal government memos threatened to broaden on Wednesday to a potential fight over his tax records. The White House said it had reviewed such records, but left unclear if the materials would be given to the U.S. Senate as part of its examination of President Bush's conservative candidate for the high court. "There hasn't been a request for his tax returns," press...

2005-07-26 17:34:23

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it will refuse to hand over to the Senate some documents related to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' government legal work, a sign of a possible battle ahead with Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats, who have demanded access to relevant information as the confirmation process gets under way, expressed disappointment and said the documents being held back could hold information necessary to evaluate Roberts. "A...

2005-07-25 18:22:52

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Subpoenas could be served on companies to determine their contributions to a proposed $140 billion asbestos compensation fund, the top two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday. Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and ranking panel Democrat, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, told a meeting of committee staff they would seek the authority to issue subpoenas when the panel meets on Thursday. "Senator Leahy and I...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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