Today, People For the American Way released its final pre-hearing report in opposition to the confirmation of John Roberts to the United States Supreme Court. Following the initial report PFAW released last week in opposition to the Roberts nomination, the report contains additional detailed analysis of Roberts’ record.
PFAW’s new report can be viewed here.
Interview from 2000 suggests Roberts wants to see Court move to the right
Roberts said Court decisions overturning a state ban on specific abortion procedures, holding unconstitutional organized prayer at public school activities, and upholding the Miranda’s ruling were defeats for conservatives. Roberts praised the Court ruling upholding the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scoutmasters.
Opinions and argued cases raise doubts about where Roberts stands on protection of Americans’ constitutional rights and freedoms; Sparse record requires close Senate scrutiny to determine suitability for Court.
The Supreme Court vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is “a critical moment for the Constitution and a crucial test for President Bush,” said People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas today. “Justice O’Connor has been the most important figure on the Court in recent years,” said Neas. “Her replacement will have a monumental impact on the lives and freedoms of Americans for decades to come.”
In its most recent term, the Supreme Court generally protected key civil rights and liberties and disappointed those seeking to expand property rights and limit Congress’ power, but by narrow margins—that’s the conclusion of a new People For the American Way Foundation analysis of the Court’s non-criminal cases in the 2004-2005 term.