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Leahy criticizes Roberts advocacy of 'far right wing' policies

[JURIST] US Senator Patrick Leahy [official website] (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, denounced [press release] Tuesday the "radical" views of US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] and claimed that Roberts worked to reverse "decades of policies on civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, privacy, and access to justice." Leahy's remarks came one day after the release of more than 5,000 pages of documents [JURIST report] from Roberts' time in White House and Department of Justice positions. Almost 500 documents were kept private for reasons of national security or privacy and a folder of material relating to affirmative action was misplaced after being reviewed by National Archives and Records Administration [official website] officials. Leahy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy [official website] (D-MA) both expressed concern about unreleased documents and asked for investigations into some that were reported missing. White House spokesman Steve Schmidt said Leahy's remarks were part of a Democratic strategy to label President Bush's nominees as out of the mainstream. AP has more.

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