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Congratulations, Chief Justice Roberts!


Heartiest congratulations to John Roberts on his appointment as Chief Justice. Roberts has all the qualities to be a truly great Chief Justice. Twenty-three years ago he properly defined the standard for one of these qualities, courage: “real courage would be to read the Constitution as it should be read and not kowtow to the Tribes, Lewises, and Brinks!” (He was referring to law professor Larry Tribe, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis and then-ABA head Douglas Brink.) I have every hope and confidence that Chief Justice Roberts will live up to the standard that he has set.


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