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  •  I'm not sure that we can say yet (none)
    that he has no agenda.  He might well have one, and as someone pointed out down the thread, it may have to do with corporate interests.  We just don't know enough about the guy yet, and the more questions he answers the better.  I'm reserving judgment for now.

    although it's getting late, you still have plenty of time

    by maracuja on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 08:56:18 AM PDT

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    •  Fair enough (none)
      That's fair. I intend to keep listening as well.

      That said, he just completely contradicted Scalia's theory of textualism. Roberts essentially said that a judge does not wake up every day by taking a fresh look at the meaning of the language of the Constitution. Rather, one must take a more modest approach that starts with the Constitution as interpreted by ALL precedents. Scalia instead does not take a modest approach, and he is thus much more dismissive of precedent.

      He was also just asked about originalism (another term used for textualism) and he made it clear that he does not subscribe to any one theory. Approaches vary, and it's clear that precedent is very important to him.

      Roberts appears as a real pro. Being a lawyer myself, I'm as impressed with him as any other judge I have ever studied.

      Gerardo Orlando

      by orlandoreport on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 09:09:20 AM PDT

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