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Roberts Hearing to Start on Sept. 6

July 29, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Supreme Court nominee John Roberts will face the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questions about his candidacy for the nation’s highest court beginning on Sept. 6, congressional officials said Friday.

Senate Judiciary chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., was expected to make the announcement official later in the day, but Republican sources told The Associated Press the date already has been cemented for the Tuesday following Labor Day.

Consensus on the time to start the confirmation hearings came as former Sen. John Edwards, the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee last year, assailed the Harvard-educated lawyer as ``a partisan for conservative causes.″

Republicans had threatened to start the hearings on August 29, interrupting the Senate’s scheduled monthlong summer recess. But GOP senators decided they would have enough time to get Roberts through the Judiciary Committee, and past a full vote on the Senate floor, before the court starts its new term Oct. 3.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the date.

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