August 19, 2005 08:41 Age: 9 yrs

Professor Freer Discusses Supreme Court Nominee in National Publications

By: Beverly James

Professor Richard Freer is quoted in the August 17 editions of the Sacramento Bee and the Seattle Times on United States Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. Freer, who has studied the Senate confirmation process, says Roberts' life experiences are relevant if they speak to his character and ability to be impartial. But he said there should be limits. "I think it's legitimate to look at the past if it tells you anything about the person. But so what if there were race riots? Did he cause them? No. He was a 15-year-old kid. We don't shape the events that take place in our hometown."

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