A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, September 12, 2005

"Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire"

AP: Roberts Says Justices Play a Limited Role---

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts said Monday that justices are servants of the law, playing a limited government role, as the Senate opened confirmation hearings on President Bush's choice to be the nation's 17th chief justice.

"A certain humility should characterize the judicial role," the 50-year-old Roberts told the Judiciary Committee. "Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around."

The appellate judge likened jurists to baseball umpires, saying that "they make sure everybody plays by the rules, but it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire."
Excellent metaphor! I'm glad to hear this from John Roberts. We have had enough activist judges who think they are in charge and create the law. I hope he proves to be that umpire.