UPDATE 1-Bush picks conservative Roberts for Supreme Court
Wednesday 20 July 2005, 8:05pm EST
By Adam Entous
WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush
chose conservative appeals court judge John Roberts on Tuesday
as his first nominee to the Supreme Court, putting his stamp on
the closely divided court and igniting what could be a partisan
clash over its ideological direction for decades to come.
Bush will make the announcement at the White House with
Roberts at his side at 9 p.m. EDT/0100 GMT, administration and
congressional sources said.
Bush chose Roberts despite a suggestion from his own wife,
Laura Bush, that he should name a woman to replace retiring
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Roberts was a former clerk to Chief Justice William
Rehnquist and worked in the Reagan Justice Department and as
deputy solicitor general during the first Bush administration.
Though he has a reputation for being a moderate conservative,
liberals suspect he is more right-wing than his record
He joined the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia in May 2003 after a protracted
confirmation fight in the Senate.
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