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March 27, 2009

Reid: Chief Justice Roberts "didn't tell us the truth"

 U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts "didn't tell us the truth" before his 2005 confirmation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday.

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast, Reid, who opposed Roberts' confirmation, said that the nation is "stuck" with the chief justice and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. The two justices were nominated by President Bush and are regarded as conservative.

Reid said three and a half years ago that Roberts had left  "too many unanswered questions," and was concernred about his views on civil rights, immigration and other matters. Roberts was confirmed by a 78 to 22 vote.

Friday, Reid commented briefly on the two justices:

"Roberts didn’t tell us the truth," he said, without elaborating. "At least Alito told us who he was, but we’re stuck with those two young men, and we’ll try to change by having some moderates in the federal courts system as time goes on. I think that will happen.”



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Long Johnson

Harry Reid has no right to judge others for being honest. Harry is a disgrace to the American political system and a detriment to our society.


Anybody who believes Harry Reid, isn't very informed.


Everyone in the world (except Harry Reid, I guess) knew that Justice Roberts was a conservative who wouldn't legislate from the bench. He never tried to sell himself as a Ruth Bader-Ginsburg moonbat. So once again, Reid has no idea what he's talking about.


JC, as you should have learned in your high school civics class, Supreme Court justices serve for life and are only removable by impeachment, a long and difficult task.


I don't understand politicians, all the Federal Gov't is a reactionary body, that can't because of it's size really serve anyone! For the love of god, as Thomas Jefferson as my witness, he's a founder BTW, and should be studied, someone please run against some of these idiots and replace them with people that will uphold the constitution, is that to much to ask, or is it true, the American People have learned that they can vote themselves riches by taking from another through gov't, which the founders warned about. Sad indeed.

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