Who Are Some Notable Conservative Judges?


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Notable conservative judges include William Rehnquist, John Roberts and Antonin Scalia, according to Justin Quinn for About.com. All three of these jurists serve or have served in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Rehnquist was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in 1972 and promoted to chief justice by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, a position in which he served until his death in 2005, reports Quinn. He was only one of two judges to dissent in the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade in 1972, and was a strong supporter of states' rights and judicial restraint, ruling in large part with other conservative judges in issues having to do with freedom of expression and religious beliefs and the expansion of federal powers.

Rehnquist was followed as chief justice by John Roberts, who was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush in 2005, explains Quinn. As of 2015, Roberts has served as chief justice for about a decade. Many of the questions he faced during his nomination hearings were about his Catholic faith, which Roberts attested does not affect his decisions as a judge.

Scalia is known as one of the most combative and confrontational conservatives in the Supreme Court, says Quinn. He is also known as an advocate of judicial restraint and has proclaimed the Supreme Court can only be as effective as the laws passed by Congress.

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