WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Progress for Am…

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Progress for America (PFA) today announced a 14-state, 2-week barnstorm by 15 of Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts’ closest friends, former colleagues and prominent legal experts in advance of the September 6th Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. These
key personal and legal surrogates will call for history to guide Roberts’
confirmation process and will specifically emphasize the fair treatment of
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her 1993 Senate hearings.

“This is about fairness,” said Brian McCabe, president of PFA. “The same
standard Clinton-nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg was held to by a Democrat-
controlled Congress ought to be good enough for Judge Roberts.”
Despite her background as a very liberal ACLU attorney, the following are
facts about Justice Ginsburg’s hearing:

* Lasted a total of 4 days.
* Ginsburg was not required to discuss her legal views on a host of
issues, including: abortion, gay rights, public education, labor laws,
religion and the state, the Second Amendment, and voting rights.
— When asked for specific opinions during confirmation hearings,
Justice Ginsburg politely replied, “I prefer not to address a
question like that” and “I would prefer to await a particular
case.”
* Even Senators who strongly disagreed with Justice Ginsburg’s personal
political views voted for her confirmation. She was confirmed by the
Senate on a vote of 96-3 (8/3/93).

The “Precedent, Not Politics” Roberts Confirmation Tour will include the
following states:

Michigan, August 16th: John Smietanka and Victoria Toensing — Smietanka
is the former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan for 12 years
who became friends with Roberts when they were nominated for U.S. Circuit
Courts. Toensing is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the US
Department of Justice and former Chief Counsel to the Senate Intelligence
Committee.

Louisiana, August 17th: Adam Charnes and Barbara Comstock — Charnes, a
former subordinate of Roberts at the firm Hogan & Hartson who considers him a
mentor, worked under Roberts on the case Barry v. Little. He is also a former
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Comstock is the former Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of
Justice.

Montana, August 18th: George Soule and Barbara Comstock — Soule, who has
been friends with Roberts since they were classmates at Harvard Law School 29
years ago, is the former chair of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial
Selection. Comstock is the former Director of Public Affairs at the U.S.
Department of Justice.

North Dakota, August 18th: Rob Knauss and Jeffrey Lord — Knauss has been
friends with Roberts for 25 years since they clerked for Supreme Court Justice
Rehnquist together. Lord is a former political director in the Reagan White
House and the author of The Borking Rebellion.

Colorado, August 19th: Rob Knauss and Ben Ginsberg — Knauss has been
friends with Roberts for 25 years since they clerked for Supreme Court Justice
Rehnquist together. Ginsberg served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney
presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004.

Maine, August 19th: David Leitch and Wendy Long — Leitch was a colleague
of Roberts in the White House Counsel’s Office. Long is a former law clerk to
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is legal counsel to the Judicial
Confirmation Network.

Florida, August 22nd: Dean Colson and Ben Ginsberg — Colson was Roberts’
Best Man in his wedding and a former co-Rehnquist Law Clerk with Roberts and
Knauss. Colson is also past president of the Dade County Bar Association.
Ginsberg served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns
in 2000 and 2004.

Oregon, August 22nd: George Soule — Soule, who has been friends with
Roberts since they were classmates at Harvard Law School 29 years ago, is the
former chair of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.

West Virginia, August 23rd: Peter Rusthoven and Wendy Long — Rusthoven is
a former a colleague of Roberts in the Reagan White House Counsel’s Office.
Long is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is
legal counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network.

Pennsylvania, August 24th: H.P. Goldfield and Judy Hope — Goldfield is a
Senior International Affairs Advisor at Stonebridge International and was a
colleague of Roberts in the Reagan White House Counsel’s office. Hope is a
former nominee to the DC Court of Appeals who was denied a hearing and vote by
Senate Democrats.

Arkansas, August 25th: Dean Colson — Colson was Roberts’ Best Man in his
wedding and a former co-Rehnquist Law Clerk with Roberts and Knauss. Colson is
also past president of the Dade County Bar Association.

Rhode Island, August 26th: Gregg Garre and Barbara Comstock — Garre, who
has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court, is a partner and former
colleague of Roberts at Hogan & Hartson. Comstock is the former Director of
Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Washington, August 31st: Jeffrey Lord — Lord is a former political
director in the Reagan White House and the author of The Borking Rebellion.

Nebraska: Date and Surrogates coming soon.

In the states, Judge Roberts’ friends, former colleagues and legal experts
will participate in events, editorial boards, radio interviews and television
interviews. In their meetings and interviews, they will distribute the
following document: “The Ginsburg Precedent: A Historical Analysis” which can
be viewed at:

http://www.judgeroberts.com/epresskit/

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