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 Arlen Specter - “Your prospective stewardship of the court, which could last until the year 2040 or longer ... and would present a very unique opportunity for a new chief justice to rebuild the image of the court away from what many believe it has become as super legislature.”
 Arlen Specter - “Your prospective stewardship of the court, which could last until the year 2040 or longer ... and would present a very unique opportunity for a new chief justice to rebuild the image of the court away from what many believe it has become as super legislature,”
 Arlen Specter - “Your prospective stewardship of the court, which could last until 2040 or longer ... would present a very unique opportunity for a new chief justice to rebuild the image of the court away from what many believe it has become as a super-legislature and bring consensus to the court,”
 Arlen Specter - “It's an opportunity to have a different approach of collegiality, ... I argued a case in the Supreme Court a few years back and Chief Justice Rehnquist ran a stopwatch, interrupted in mid-sentence. The word is he was looking for a way to interrupt somebody in the middle of the word 'if.'”
 Arlen Specter - “I think there needs to be a collegial, modest approach to try to bring the court together so that we have some idea of continuity and what these decisions mean and their staying power,”
 Arlen Specter - “One of the things that I talked to her about was the complexity of a Supreme Court nomination hearing because there are a lot of complicated issues. And I said to her, 'You've got a pretty good road map in what went on with Chief Justice Roberts.”
 Arlen Specter - “was the complexity of a Supreme Court nomination hearing because of there are a lot of complicated issues.”
 Arlen Specter - “There is a possibility of a third vacancy with Justice Stevens, that has been rumored, ... He is 85, but in good health. But if that comes in the next year -- with three new justices -- a shift in the court. And that's a problem for both the right and the left.”
 Arlen Specter - “After a morning briefing with Bush and top Senate leaders, Specter (R-Pa.) said he told the president he should postpone the announcement so senators have a better idea of how Roberts would influence the Supreme Court as chief justice over the next six months. Lawmakers say they expect Roberts to be confirmed easily next week. I believe the next nomination is going to be a great deal more contentious than the Roberts nomination, ... I say that because bubbling just below the surface was a lot of frustration in the hearing that we just concluded.”
 Arlen Specter - “I'm concerned about the conferences of the justices which the chief will preside over, and about bringing the court together,”
 Arlen Specter - “Judge Roberts, in your confirmation hearing for the circuit court, your testimony read to this effect, and it's been widely quoted Roe is the settled law of the land. Do you mean settled for you, settled only for your capacity as a circuit judge, or settled beyond that”
 Arlen Specter - “There has been a generalization that justices like to retire at the end of a term so as not to disrupt the work of the court, ... if you were to have a 4-4 court, with its proclivity for being evenly divided, you wouldn't have decisions for the cutting edge of all the questions.”
 Arlen Specter - “It naturally raises cynicism when you have so many 5-4 decisions from our Supreme Court and 4-3 decisions out of the Florida Supreme Court and that is not healthy, ... But our republic will survive.”
 Arlen Specter - “I think that we ought to have more women on the court. Two is a bare minimum. We really ought to have more,”
 Arlen Specter - “There is a little different approach in confirmation of the chief justice, ... I'm concerned about the conferences, about bringing the court together.”
 Arlen Specter - “In the context where the Supreme Court decides, really, the cutting-edge questions of our day”
 Arlen Specter - “And I think he may have a little different view about television, something that I have advocated for more than a decade in the court, ... He's a new generation.”
 Arlen Specter - “I think that Judge Roberts may have a real chance to bring the court together based on the personality which I have seen, if he is confirmed,”
 Arlen Specter - “Hearings for a Supreme Court nominee should not have a political tilt for either Republicans or Democrats, ... They should, in substantive fact and in perception, be for all Americans.”
 Arlen Specter - “Institutionally, the court is on the spot as to the whole overtone of appearing to be too political or ideological.”
 Arlen Specter - “If you have a sharp turn in the court you undercut reliance, expectation, and, as Roberts would say, stability,”
 Arlen Specter - “The new chief justice will have his work cut out to try and bring consensus to the court, ... There is much to be done to move away from the 5-4 decisions of the court.”
 Arlen Specter - “There have already been indications from members of the court about their liking the fact that Judge Roberts is going to be the new chief justice.”
 Arlen Specter - “this was my case. I had organized, nurtured and developed it. I was the lead plaintiff and had participated in the legal preparation and court arguments at every stage.”
 Arlen Specter - “The next chief justice will have the potential to change the court's image in the eyes of many as a superlegislature and to bring consensus to the court which has made a hallmark of 5-4 decisions, many of which are inexplicable.”

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