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My hopes for a honorary law degree crushed:

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is not worthy of an honorary law degree from the University of Illinois — not yet at least.

“The primary reason is that it was premature. You don’t give honorary degrees to positions; you give them to people,” college board of trustees member David Dorris, a lawyer, told Inside the Beltway in a telephone interview yesterday from Illinois.

“I have nothing against Roberts. He may wind up being one of the most wonderful chief justices ever in the United States … but at the time [of the honorary-degree proposal] he had done nothing except to be appointed.”


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