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2005-10-03 10:30:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that three unsuccessful white applicants cannot collect any damages from their lawsuit challenging the University of Washington Law School's use of race as a factor in admissions. Without comment or recorded dissent, the justices declined to review a U.S. appeals court ruling that upheld as legal the policy in effect in the mid-1990s when Katuria Smith, Angela Rock and Michael Pyle applied and were rejected....

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...

2005-09-30 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 06:25:34

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Roberts, a 50-year-old conservative who told Congress judges should act like impartial umpires, seems certain to win Senate confirmation on Thursday to become the 17th chief justice of the United States. All 55 Senate Republicans and about half the chamber's other members -- 44 Democrats and one independent -- were expected to back Roberts, President George W. Bush's nominee to head the Supreme Court. A roll-call vote was to begin at...

2005-09-27 11:32:26

By Steve Holland BEAUMONT, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush is close to wrapping up bipartisan consultations with senators about his critical choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. Spokesman Scott McClellan said more than 50 senators had been consulted, including 17 of 18 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will first consider the nominee, who if confirmed could shift the delicate balance of...

2005-09-26 14:14:26

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate opened debate on Monday on the nomination of John Roberts to be chief justice of the United States and, with Democrats divided, the 50-year-old conservative appeared virtually certain to be confirmed this week. At the same time, President George W. Bush, in expressing cautious optimism that Roberts would prevail, again raised the possibility he would nominate a woman or a minority as his second choice for the mostly white and...

2005-09-22 11:57:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday backed President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative John Roberts to be chief justice of the United States. The panel recommended confirmation of Roberts to lead the U.S. Supreme Court by the full Republican-led Senate, which appears certain to do so next week. The 50-year-old Roberts, a federal appeals judge the past two years, would be the youngest chief justice in two centuries and positioned in the...

2005-09-20 15:57:08

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday John Roberts would be confirmed as chief justice of the United States but that he would oppose the conservative Supreme Court nominee because "I'm not too sure if his heart is as big as his head." "I have too many unanswered questions about the nominee to justify a vote confirming him to this enormously important lifetime position," Reid said of President George W. Bush's first nomination to...

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...

2005-09-15 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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.