Thursday, August 04, 2005

Roberts Worked on Behalf of Gay Activists

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for a coalition of gay-rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people against discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work. While he did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the Supreme court, he was instrumental in reviewing the filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers intimately involved in the case.

Roberts' role working on behalf of gay activists, whose cause is anathema to many conservatives, appears to illustrate his allegiance to the credo of the legal profession: to zealously represent the interests of the client, whoever it might be.

There is no other record of Roberts being involved in gay-rights cases that would suggest his position on such issues. He has stressed, however, that a client's views are not necessarily shared by the lawyer who argues on his or her behalf.

Roberts' work on the case was one of several he helped handle as part of his pro bono work at Hogan & Hartson, a prominent Washington law firm that expected its partners to volunteer their time to assist in community service.

There you go. What can the liberals say now? This puts him as number one in their book doesn't it?

No wait ... this just proves that he does the work he's assigned to do by the people that assign him to do it ... and does the best he can at it.

It also proves he looks at the law without bias ... merely looking at the Constitutionality of the matter.

Mostly, however, it proves that when on the Supreme Court he will be fair to anyone and above all do the work of his boss(es). The Citizens of the United States of America.

His job then?

Judge according to the Constitution as written, not re-write it.

So much for that number one with the liberals standing.

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