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Why Does John G. Roberts Hate Our Soldiers?

What do we know about Bush's shiny new Supreme Court nominee? We know he's Bush's top pick to replace the swing votes of Sandra Day O'Connor, who proved to be a wild card over her tenure. Aside from that, apparently not much. We do know he was a previously unsuccessful elder Bush nominee and has only been a judge for the two years since Junior appointed him. Aside from subordinate positions in the White House for five years, Roberts clerked for William H. Rehnquist in 1980 and was tobacco money pit bull Kenneth Starr's principal deputy from 1989 to 1993, helping formulate White House Supreme Court strategy.


Blogger Joey Bee said...

It looks like you are wrong again. From what I have read and understand, Judge Roberts ‘awarded almost $1 billion to the service members and their families’, but the ruling was overturned by another judge. Nice try, but again, more research is needed. It seems that a main point of your argument is flayed. I do agree that the Bush Administration is responsible for the stone-walling. But it is very unfair to place the blame on Judge Richard W. Roberts.


Ex-P.O.W.’S Won’t Get Part of Seized Iraq Assets

A federal judge in Washington ruled that 17 former prisoners of war might not collect the hundreds of millions of dollars they won in a suit against Iraq. The American ex-prisoners, who were tortured by their Iraqi captors in the first war in the Persian Gulf in 1991, had sought the money from frozen Iraqi bank accounts that the United States seized in March. The government expressed sympathy for what the plaintiffs had endured but opposed the collection effort, saying the money was needed to rebuild Iraq. Judge Richard W. Roberts, who awarded almost $1 billion to the service members and their families this month, ruled with evident reluctance. "The secretary’s position that the P.O.W.’s are unable to recover any portion of their judgment, despite their sacrifice in the service of their country, seems extreme," Judge Roberts wrote, referring to Treasury Secretary John W. Snow. But the judge said the government had the better legal argument. (ATLA Law News Digest – August 7, 2003)


The case came before U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts. There was no trial; Hussein's regime ignored the suit, and the U.S. State Department chose to take no part in the case. On July 7, 2003, the judge handed down a long opinion that described the abuse suffered by the Gulf War POWs, and he awarded them $653 million in compensatory damages. He also assessed $306 million in punitive damages against Iraq. Lawyers for the POWs asked him to put a hold on some of Iraq's frozen assets.

No sooner had the POWs celebrated their victory than they came up against a new roadblock: Bush administration lawyers argued that the case should be thrown out of court on the grounds that Bush had voided any such claims against Iraq, which was now under U.S. occupation. The administration lawyers based their argument on language in an emergency bill, passed shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, approving the expenditure of $80 billion for military operations and reconstruction efforts. One clause in the legislation authorized the president to suspend the sanctions against Iraq that had been imposed as punishment for the invasion of Kuwait more than a decade earlier.


20 July, 2005 14:16  

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