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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(since 2006)
Amy Coney Barrett(since 2020)
Stephen Breyer(since 1994)
Neil Gorsuch(since 2017)
Ketanji Brown Jackson(nominated 2022)
Elena Kagan(since 2010)
Brett Kavanaugh(since 2018)
John Roberts(since 2005)
Sonia Sotomayor(since 2009)
Clarence Thomas(since 1991)

Former Justices:
Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg(1993-2020)
Anthony Kennedy(1988-2018)
Antonin Scalia(1986-2016)
John Paul Stevens(1975-2010)
David Souter(1990-2009)
Sandra Day O'Connor(1981-2006)
William Rehnquist(1975-2005)

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