.- Following President Bush’s long awaited nomination of Judge John Roberts to replace retiring Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, Washington’s Culture of Life Foundation is commending Bush on picking someone who they say will not “legislate from the bench.” Foundation president, Austin Ruse said that, "Roberts has the experience, education, and credentials necessary to excel at the noble and high calling of a Supreme Court justice,” and added that "President Bush is to be commended for following through on his commitment to appoint someone who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench."
"For too long,” he continued, “those opposed to the dignity of life, marriage and the family have turned to the courts to advance their agenda and many judges have been far too happy to accommodate…We are confident that Roberts possesses the temperament and character of a man who knows that his role on the bench is not to advance his own personal preferences but to enforce the law."
Bernard Dobranski, Dean of Ave Maria School of Law, and a board member of the Culture of Life Foundation added that he thinks Judge Roberts “is an outstanding choice, one well within the mainstream of American jurisprudence.”
He said that the nominee “possesses the intellectual ability and depth that is required for a member of the Supreme Court; he possesses the necessary integrity and strength of character; and, finally, he understands quite well that the Constitution is to be interpreted according to its text, the intent of its framers, and within the customs and traditions of the American people…The President has chosen well and is to be commended for the wisdom behind this nomination.”
Though Roberts is a conservative, even many on the left are optimistic about Bush’s choice, finding virtually no major flaws in the judge’s resume. Others however, are taking a wait-and-see attitude until the Senate finishes their upcoming scrutinizing process.