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Reform Jewish Leader Responds to Senate Confirmation of Judge Roberts
In response to today’s Senate vote confirming Judge John Roberts Jr. as the 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, issued the following statement noting, "While we are hopeful about the Court’s future, we are also concerned by the lack of transparency that characterized Judge Roberts’ confirmation hearings … We call on the President and Senate to engage in future nomination and confirmation processes marked by transparency, fairness, and above all, mindfulness of the voices of all Americans."

  Saperstein: While we are hopeful about the Court’s future, we are also concerned by the lack of transparency that characterized Judge Roberts’ confirmation hearings … We call on the President and Senate to engage in future nomination and confirmation processes marked by transparency, fairness, and above all, mindfulness of the voices of all Americans.

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Washington, September 29, 2005 - In response to today’s Senate vote confirming Judge John Roberts Jr. as the 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, issued the following statement:

 

Today’s confirmation of Judge Roberts as Chief Justice will shape the future of the Court, our country, and will indelibly mark the lives of future generations.  We congratulate him on his confirmation and wish him strength, wisdom and insight as he becomes first among equals on the nation’s highest court.

 

We hope that, as he testified during his nomination hearings, he is without an ideological agenda and will truly be “his own man.”  Only by fulfilling his commitment to impartiality will Judge Roberts ensure that the Court he leads will be loyal to the Constitution, respectful of precedent, and uphold the rights and liberties sacrosanct to so many Americans. 

 

While we are hopeful about the Court’s future, we are also concerned by the lack of transparency that characterized Judge Roberts’ confirmation hearings.  The Administration’s refusal to fully release germane documents and the nominee’s opaque responses during questioning are both cause for great concern. 

 

With the upcoming confirmation hearings to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, we have an opportunity to improve upon the shortcomings of the past several months.  The American people deserve better.  We call on the President and Senate to engage in future nomination and confirmation processes marked by transparency, fairness, and above all, mindfulness of the voices of all Americans.  

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism , whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews , and the Central Conference of American Rabbis , whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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