Roberts is the first appointment to the Supreme Court, the country’s highest legal authority, made by George W. Bush, and he will be its youngest leader in two centuries. The job is for life and Roberts, a conservative, may have decades at his disposal to shape the American way of life, on anything from civil to abortion rights. He replaces the recently deceased William Rehnquist, a fellow conservative, who ran the court for thirty-three years.President Bush is expected next week to announce his second supreme court nomination, for which a battle royal is expected as this nominee will replace a moderate, Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring. If Bush names another conservative Democrats will accuse him of upsetting the balance of the nine-member body.
The Senate has confirmed the appointment of John Roberts as the seventeenth chief justice of the United States.