John Roberts

John Roberts:

Age: 59

Education: Attended Harvard Law School

A.B. History summa cum laude

J.D. magna cum laude

Career Background:

  • Worked as a steel mill back in Indiana.
  • Worked as managing editor of the Harvard Law Review while at Harvard.
  • Served on the U.S. Justice for 2 years before being confirmed as Chief Justice of U.S Supreme Court in 2005.
  • Nominated By President George W. Bush (43) in 2001.
  • Clerked for Henry Friendly and William H. Rehnquist
  • Current occupation as a Lawyer and U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Religious background: Roman Catholic

Political Orientation:


Judicial Ideology (jurisprudence): Roberts is best understood as an idealist, a true believer in the rule of law, with sensitivity toward issues of constitutional structure. Although he is a judicial conservative, he does contain a notable “federalist streak”.

Significant Cases:

Baze v. Rees - ruled Kentucky’s method of lethal injection does not violate prohibition against the 8th amendment (7 to 2)

McDonald v. Chicago - court said 2nd amendment protections on gun ownership apply to gun control laws (5 to 4)

United States v. Stevens - said a federal law intended to forbid sale of depictions of violence against animals was too broad and violated free speech. (8 to 1)

Skilling v. United States - limited federal law making it a crime to deprive one’s employer of the “intangible right to honest services” to bribes and kickbacks.(6 to 3)

Georgia v. Randolph- Was the court case that stated that without a search warrant, police had no constitutional right to search the property if one resident consents while the other doesn’t consent.

Gonzales v. Carhart- case that upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.[1] The case reached the high court after U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appealed a ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in favor of LeRoy Carhart that struck down the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

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