Tuesday, July 03, 2007

On Chief Justice Roberts at the judicial conference

This post comments on Chief Justice Roberts' remarks at the Fourth Circuit judicial conference at the Greenbrier.

It says in part:

The late William Rehnquist would always offer to the 4th Circuit a quick summary of the lesser-known decisions of the previous term, which he described, quoting a Thomas Gray poem, as flowers "born to blush unseen." But Roberts said that tradition, along with Rehnquist's gold-striped judicial robe, are "very much his own and should not be imitated."

Instead, Roberts quoted Robert Frost poems titled "The Tuft of Flowers" and "Mending Wall" to draw some conclusions about judicial fellowship. "I'm not an expert on Frost," said Roberts, "but an important part of fellowship is ongoing inquiry, examination and debate."

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