Bringing Business to the Bench

By Lorraine Woellert

This time the road to the robe will be rockier. The liberal People for the American Way has labeled Roberts' record on environmental and civil rights "disturbing." NARAL Pro-Choice America calls the practicing Catholic hostile to abortion rights. Civil liberties groups are zeroing in on his opinion -- written for a unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit -- upholding the arrest and short incarceration of a 12-year-old girl caught eating a french fry on Washington's subway system.

Roberts' stint as a registered lobbyist -- representing the Cosmetic, Toiletry, & Fragrance Assn. before the Food & Drug Administration on commercial free-speech issues -- will

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