Thursday, July 21, 2005

Roberts Successsfully Litigated on Behalf of W.Va. Coal Industry in Mountaintop Suit

Judge John RobertsThe Charleston Pravda--er, Gazette--reported this morning that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts was among the appellate attorneys for the National Mining Association in itss successsful appeal to the 4th Circuit overturning the late Judge Charles Haden's 1999 ruling endangering mountaintop mining in West Virginia. This was the only case Roberts ever handled on behalf of the NMA. Given the outrage our senior senator, Senator Byrd, demonstrated after Judge Haden's ruling, I sure hope both our senators will not only oppose obstructions of this nomination but will actively support Judge Roberts and vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court.