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Democrats make 'limited' document request on nominee Roberts

[JURIST] Senate Judiciary Committee member Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) [official website] told reporters Thursday that Senate Democrats will make a "limited and targeted" request for documents pertaining to Supreme Court nomineee John G. Roberts, Jr. [Wikipedia profile]. The request reportedly focuses on about 20 of the more than 300 cases Roberts worked on during his tenure as deputy solicitor general in George H.W. Bush's administration, a period which presidential spokesman Scott McClellan stated is protected under the attorney-client privilege [JURIST report]. While Kennedy claims the privilege is not based in law or previous practice, Republicans state the document requests are unreasonable. Kennedy said he was hopeful that Republicans on the committee would support the request but a spokesman for Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] said no decision has been made. The New York Times has more.

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