Roberts’ Nomination Hearings Set to Start

C-Span will broadcast the Roberts nomination hearings tomorrow starting at 11:30 am, est on C-Span 3. There are many questions ahead for John Roberts, tough questions that America deserves answers to. The WaPo has summary of some the key issues that will come into play in the hearings, here.

The WaPo reports that, “in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, concerns about the treatment of poor people and minorities could heavily influence the thrust of some of the questioning.”

“Americans will have the opportunity for the first time to hear Judge Roberts’s views on the major issues,” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the committee’s most senior member, said in an interview. Katrina’s devastation underscores the hearing’s importance, he said.

“What the American people have seen is this incredible disparity in which those people who had cars and money got out, and those people who were impoverished died,” Kennedy said. The question for Roberts, he said, is whether he stands for “a fairer, more just nation” or will he use “narrow, stingy interpretations of the law to frustrate progress.”

We’ll keep our readers up to date on the hearings and delve into some conversations about the various key issues, as the hearings progress.

NOTE: See the NY Times “Gatekeepers” for bio’s on the Senators on the Judiciary committee.

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