Saturday, August 27, 2005

SCOTUS: Stealthy John Roberts lets ambition get in the way of ethics 

Think Progress has the PDF. Roberts in 1986:

I must recuse myself from this matter, in light of pending discussions with Mr. Ayman's firm concerning possible future employment. [page 2]

Yet, in July 2005 Roberts was, at the very same time, ruling (for Bush) on a challenge to Bush's procedures at Guantanomo Bay, and being interviewed (by Bush) for possible future employment on the Supreme Court.

The conflict of interest seemed pretty obvious in 1986. So, why didn't Roberts recuse himself in 2005?

Aaaw, but Roberts has such cute kids!

Atrios was right to assess Roberts this way: made man.

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