Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

John G. Roberts, Jr. graduated from the La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana in 1973 where he excelled in athletics and academics. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard and went on to clerk for then Associate Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist from 1980-1981. In 2005 he succeeded Rehnquist (who had passed away) as Chief Justice and promptly began fulfilling President George W. Bush's vision of moving the court even further to the right.

On January 20, 2009 Roberts improvised his issuance of the presidential oath of office to Barack Obama. This judicial ad-libbing necessitated an unprecedented "do-over" in the White House Map Room two days later. Roberts has since taken issue with the propriety of President Obama's 2010 State of the Union critique of the controversial Citizens United ruling that, in effect, allows unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns. He refrained, however, from publicly criticizing Justice Samuel Alito's more immediate rebuke of the President.

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