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Roberts wraps up final day of testimony in confirmation hearings

[JURIST] US Chief Justice nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] finished his fourth and final day of confirmation testimony Thursday morning by declaring "I am not an ideologue," adding that ideologues do not belong on the court. Though Roberts' views were again challenged by Democrats, it appears increasingly likely that he will be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] in a vote scheduled for next week and then confirmed by the full Senate in time for the opening of the Supreme Court's 2005-2006 term in October. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) [official website] and other Democrats questioned Roberts Thursday about memos he wrote as an lawyer in the Reagan administration that advocated a narrow application of civil rights laws. Roberts claimed his memos reflected White House policies rather than his own views. Read a transcript of Thursday's hearing. Following the conclusion of Roberts' testimony, the Judiciary Committee is now hearing from several other witnesses [witness list and prepared testimony] on the nomination. Reuters has more.

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