Thursday, July 21, 2005

A Supreme?


Monday morning Bush nominated John Roberts from DC Circuit Court to be appointed the next Supreme Court judge, replacing the fickle Sandra Day O'Connor. By Monday at 9:02 AM, AOL had polls online asking if Roberts was the right man for the job. Now if AOL could only get their program to load as fast as this, life would be better.

But I digress.

I don't know much about John, except for one specific ruling he made in October 2004. Roberts was the presiding judge in a case in DC that is known as "The French Fry Case" -- which some critics point to as a sign of a certain hard-heartedness in Roberts' decision making.

In the unanimous ruling last October in Hedgepeth v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Roberts upheld the arrest, handcuffing and detention of a 12-year-old girl for eating a single french fry inside a D.C. Metrorail station. "No one is very happy about the events that led to this litigation," Roberts acknowledged in the decision, but he ruled that nothing the police did violated the girl's Fourth Amendment or Fifth Amendment rights.

I am not sure how this really plays to the public. All I know is, I don't trust anyone who doesn't show his teeth when he smiles.