Can John Roberts be nominated as Chief Justice?
September 4, 2005 8:54 AM Subscribe
Can President Bush nominate John Roberts for Chief Justice?
posted by Vidiot to Law & Government (3 answers total)
I mean, I know he can, but would there be procedural wranglings involved? Has he nominated Roberts to a specific associate justice seat or just "to the Supreme Court"? AFAIK, the confirmation process is the same -- can he just say "oh, by the way, I want Roberts to fill Rehnquist's seat upon confirmation, and I'll throw in a justice to be named later for O'Connor's"? Or is Roberts locked into an associate justice spot, and the only way he could become CJ is to be elevated?