WW Special Edition - "The Roberts Hearings"
22:14:34 - 22:16:18
Senator CHARLES SCHUMER: What kind of Justice will John Roberts be? Will you be a truly modest, temperate, careful judge in the tradition of Harlin, Jackson, Frankfurter and Friendly. Will you be a very conservative judge who will impede congressional prerogatives, but does not use the bench to remake society like Justice Rehnquist. Or, will you use your enormous talents to use the court to turn back a near century of progress and create the majority that justices Scalia and Thomas could not achieve. That's the question that we on the Committee will have to grapple with this week.
JOHN ROBERTS: I've tried to be as fully expansive as I can be and drawn the line where as a practical matter I think it's necessary and appropriate. The basic question Senator Feinstein, Senator Schumer what kind of a Justice would I be, that is the judgment you have to make. I would begin I think if I were in your shoes with what kind of a judge I've been. I appreciate that it's only been a little more than two years, but you do have fifty opinions, you can look at those. Senator Schumer, I don't think that you can read those opinions and say that these are the opinions of an idealog. You may think that they're not enough, you may think you need more of a sample, that's your judgment. But, I think if you've looked at what I've done since I took the judicial oath that should convince you that I'm not an idealog and you and I agree that that's not the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court.