Bush names top court nominee

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

Mr Bush said federal appeals judge John Roberts, 50, has “superb credentials and the highest integrity” for the post.

“The decisions of the Supreme Court affect the life of every American,” said Mr Bush in a televised address from the White House, standing alongside Judge Roberts, who is regarded as a staunch conservative.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would be the first new judge to join the Supreme Court for 11 years, replacing retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate conservative who was the first woman to serve on the court and has often cast the deciding vote in controversial decisions.

Mr Bush urged the divided Senate to confirm Mr Roberts by early October, when the high court opens a new session.

Democrats have indicated they will make Judge Roberts fight for his place on the court.

The Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid, neither endorsed nor rejected Judge Roberts but said he has “suitable legal credentials” however requires more scrutiny.

“The Senate must review Judge Roberts’s record to determine if he has a demonstrated commitment to the core American values of freedom, equality and fairness,” said Senator Reid in a statement.

The nomination, which has been widely speculated on for weeks, is Mr Bush’s first chance to reshape the ideological balance of the court.

The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the US constitution, and has a great deal of influence over the lives of Americans.

Judge Roberts serves on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, taking the bench in 2003 after his confirmation was delayed two years by Senate Democrats.

He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and clerked for two years for arch-conservative US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

He later served in former US president Ronald Reagan’s White House and was a senior federal prosecutor under President Bush’s father, former president George Bush.

He is married with two children and a Roman Catholic.

His last notable decision was made last week, when his appeals court overturned a lower court decision that the special military tribunals for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo detention camp in Cuba are illegal.

However a new appeal is set to go to the Supreme Court.

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