Now that President Bush has nominated Judge John Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Conner on the US Supreme Court, the US Senate will either confirm or reject that nomination. Senator Talent says while Judge Roberts might have only two years on the federal bench, he comes in with a great personal legal record. President Bush nominated Roberts to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2003. The Senate confirmed him later than year. Even Talent, a staunch Republican backer of the President, admits he does not know a lot about Roberts and does not want to prejudge the man. But Talent says he is hoping for a fair process, because there could be another nomination waiting in the wings should 80-year-old Chief Justice William Rehnquist either retire or die. He says how the Senate handles the Roberts nomination will indicate how it handles a second. Talent says the Senate now will spend the coming days, weeks, maybe even months going through Roberts’ record and what he tells the Judiciary Committee. The senator also hopes he’ll get to vote on the nomination by the end of September, before the next Supreme Court session begins in October.
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