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August 04, 2005

Roberts Worked Pro Bono on Gay Rights Case

This is interesting:

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work. He did not write the legal briefs or argue the case before the high court, but he was instrumental in reviewing filings and preparing oral arguments, according to several lawyers intimately involved in the case.

How much any of this reflects his real beliefs, but it's fun watching the rightwing debate whether this means Roberts is a potential traitor.

Posted by Nathan at August 4, 2005 09:48 AM