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John Roberts on Welfare & Poverty

Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005)


Defended welfare recipients from losing benefits, pro-bono

As a top appellate lawyer in Washington, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts represented big business against employee claims, coal companies against polluted communities, and contractors seeking an end to government race-preference programs. But he also defended a town’s right to prevent development on private property, fought for indigenous people’s rights to self-determination, and-for free-helped welfare recipients who feared losing their benefits.

Viewed through a political prism, his record seems to lack any particular ideological bent. “But you can’t attribute every sentence from the arguments in a given case to the lawyer who handled it, because they’re ultimately just representing their client,” an expert said. As a hired advocate, Roberts mastered building arguments on all sides of the political spectrum and avoids easy labeling.

Source: Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press , Jul 21, 2005

Other Justices on Welfare & Poverty: John Roberts on other issues:
Samuel Alito
Stephen Breyer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Elena Kagan
Anthony Kennedy
John Roberts
Antonin Scalia
Sonia Sotomayor
Clarence Thomas

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David Souter
Sandra Day O'Connor
William Rehnquist
John Paul Stevens

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Page last updated: Jul 11, 2013