September 16, 2005
Roberts gets a D
Russ Feingold took Judge Roberts to the woodshed yesterday. There was some tough questioning by Feingold on how Judge Roberts could remain on the bench in the Hamden case while interviewing with Alberto Gonzales. As the L.A. Times put it, "his impartiality might reasonably be questioned."
This was not any old case. No, this case tested the special military tribunals for trials of alleged terrorists. And the court ruled and 2-1 that the Geneva Conventions did not protect the detainees.
Judge Roberts met with high Bush officials shortly before oral argument to discuss the Supreme Court nomination. Did he tell counsel for the plaintiffs? No way. Then he continued meeting with Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and the ever-present Karl Rove as the opinion was being written. Judge Roberts did not let the Bush team down nor will he if confirmed.
Attorney and Senator Feingold put Roberts to the test, and Roberts had the look of a fourth grader who got caught talking in class. He couldn't remember dates, couldn't reveal discussions, didn't answer Feingold's questions. It was a D or an F performance.
The Judicial Confererence of the U.S. has ruled that a "judge must recuse himself when a lawyer in a case or a party to it is in a position to influence a judge's job prospects." Well, Judge? Think defendant Bush or Attorney General Gonzales could influence your job prospects?
What would Sykes and Limbaugh say if a Democrat pulled this stunt?
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