This article nicely summarizes Jon Robertss record on the D.C. Court of Appeals. A couple of snippets:
"Hes a conservative. Hes not an extreme ideological conservative," said Thomas Goldstein, founder of Goldstein & Howe, a District-based law firm that specializes in Supreme Court cases. "Hes what I would call a federal-power conservative. I dont think hes a states-rights conservative, and I dont think hes an anti-government conservative. And this may reflect his time in the executive branch."
Bradford Berenson, who worked in the White House counsels office from 2001 to 2003, was among those whose recommended that President Bush put Judge Roberts on the first slate of candidates for appeals court slots.
He said Judge Roberts is "not the kind of judge you can predict based on the identity of the parties" or by the politics of the litigants.
"He wants to find the right answer, and he will go where the law takes him," Mr. Berenson said. "Hes an ump who calls the balls and strikes as he sees them."
Mr. Berenson said it is impossible to know how Judge Roberts would approach Supreme Court precedent were he to be confirmed to the high court.
"But everything we know about him thus far suggests he is rather more reluctant to do that than some of the more aggressive conservative judges," Mr. Berenson said.
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