Leahy Makes Case Against Roberts, Then Supports Him

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2005

Contact: Nick Berning, Josh Glasstetter at People For the American Way

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Following the announcement by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) that he will support Chief Justice nominee John Roberts, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas had the following statement:

“Senator Leahy eloquently made all the arguments against the confirmation of Judge Roberts, and then made a decision that contradicted his own compelling reasoning. His decision was inexplicable, and deeply disappointing.

“When John Roberts becomes Chief Justice and votes to erode or overturn longstanding Supreme Court precedents protecting fundamental civil rights, women’s rights, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights and environmental safeguards, Senator Leahy’s support for Roberts will make him complicit in those rulings, and in the retreat from our constitutional rights and liberties.”