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John G. Roberts, Jr. was born in Buffalo, New York on 27th January 1955 to John G. "Jack," Sr. and Rosemary Podrasky Roberts. He was brought up by his parents as a Roman Catholic. He was very intelligent right from childhood.

He was interested in becoming history professor and so he attended Harvard school. He was considered as a conservative by his classmates and teachers, though he never expressed interest in politics outwardly.

After graduation from Harvard College in 1976, he entered Harvard Law School. After completing studies, he started his career as a clerk for Second Circuit Appeals Court Judge Henry Friendly in New York. Then he worked for associate justice William H. Rehnquist, who later became Chief Justice.

It was during this time that he sharpened his conservativ e approach to laws. He also worked under President Ronald Reagan, where he solved many toughest political issues and came in everyone’s eyes as a political pragmatist.

Before he worked as an associate White House counsel, he worked at the Justice Department under Attorney General William French Smith. In 1986, he worked in private sector. In 1989, he returned back to the Justice Department and served as principal deputy solicitor general under President George H.W. Bush.

In 1992, he returned back to private sector. At this time he represented a large range of clients. In 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as judge of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Acting as a judge, he participated in more than 300 hearings and gave decisions in around 40 of those cases.

In his tenure, his most controversial ruling decision was in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which Osama bin Laden's driver and bodyguard challenged his status as an enemy combatant who could be tried by a military commission.

He said that such military commissions are legal under a congressional resolution of September 18, 2001, which authorized the president to "use all necessary and appropriate force" against Al Qaeda and its supporters.

In July 2005, President Bush nominated him as Supreme Court Associate Justice but later after the death of CJ, he took back his nomination and filed his name for the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

On 29th September he was confirmed the new CJ by a vote of 78-22 in Senate. After his confirmation when he was asked questions about his Catholic faith, he replied that "my faith and my religious beliefs do not play a role in my judging."

By FW Editor

Tags: politics, 1955, buffalo

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 20 April '10

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