One of the primary goals of the conservative movement in the United States is to change the judicial philosophy of the Supreme Court. His first Supreme Court appointment was John G. Roberts Jr. He was roundly received as a brilliant legal mind. Just where he will take the court remains to be seen. He was confirmed as Chief Justice with little opposition in the Senate. Interestingly when President Bush introduced him, the press had a great deal to say about hiw his children were dressed.
One of the primary goals of the conservative movement in the United States is to change the judicial philosophy of the Supreme Court.
John Roberts was born January 27, 1955.
Here we see a photograph showing the wrestling team at La Lumiere, a Catholic boarding school in Long Beach, Indiana, near La Porte. The photograph has been featured lately in the newspapers because the captain of the team (center, first row, kneeling). Roberts was a brilliant student as well as an athlete. He graduated first in his class at La Lumiere. This photo shows him at the age of 18, the year he graduated. La Lumiere was a conservative religious school, all male, where the boys had to wear coats and ties for dinner and go frequently to Mass. Roberts went on to Harvard, got his B.A. in three years (1976), graduating summa cum laude, and then proceeded to the Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1979, where he was also managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.
The wrestling uniforms the boys wear are worth noting. They wear matching
white singlets and shorts with tights (commonly black), standard wrestling gear for the
period. Nowadays boys generally wear one-piece singlets (shirts and trunks
combined with short legs and often without tights). I'm not sure what the wrestling tights were for. I think it was to prevent mat burn or perhaps it was because of cold Indiana Winters.
Notice the hair styles--long, over-the-ear haircuts, which were the fashion in 1973 for teenage boys. The Lumiere School seems to have had a lax dress code concerningbhair styles, at least in the 1970s.
Roberts became law clerk to Associate Justice William Rehnquist, who later became Chief Justice. George W. Bush nominated Roberts to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on May 9, 2001. Judge Roberts is a controversial figure because it is not entirely clear whether his devout Catholicism is likely to influence his judicial decisions. Bush regards him as a judicial conservative, but he has argued successfully in favor of gay rights, which makes certain right wing politicians and the religious right nervous.
President Bush's first Supreme Court appointment was John G. Roberts Jr.
Roberts was roundly received as a brilliant legal mind. Just where he will take the court remains to be seen. He was confirmed as Chief Justice with little opposition in the Senate.
Interestingly when President Bush introduced him, the press had a great deal to say about how his children were dressed.
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