Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Judge Roberts: Would he really recuse himself?

GOP bloggers points out this contradiction:

In a column in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said Judge Roberts told Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, that he would recuse himself from deciding cases where the Constitution conflicted with Catholic teaching.
But both Durbin's office and Roberts supporters disagreed.

"Jonathan Turley's column is not accurate," Durbin press secretary Joe Shoemaker said, adding that his boss never asked that question and Judge Roberts never said he would recuse himself in such a case.

"Judge Roberts said repeatedly that he would follow the rule of law," Mr. Shoemaker said. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, met with Judge Roberts yesterday and said he asked him about the column.

"There is no conflict for Judge Roberts," Mr. Cornyn said later. "He assured me that he would not have any difficulties ruling on such issues."

If both Durbin's office and Roberts say this is wrong, who's Turley's source?
An obvious guess would be Karl Rove, but that's just too easy. What we are really seeing is partianship self-destructing. Since they are unable to articulate ideas that voters want, they are grasping at anything to make a candidate look bad.

Assuming that Jonathan Turley's source can be validated, lets focus on this for one moment: Senator Durban question Judge Roberts on a matter involving he faith with regards to a hypothetical verdict he would render. Gee, doesn't that sound like a religious test for a federal office?

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