New Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. yesterday sharply questioned a lawyer arguing for preservation of Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, noting the federal government’s tough regulation of addictive drugs.
At the outset, Chief Justice Roberts directed a barrage of questions at Oregon Senior Assistant Attorney General Robert Atkinson before the state official could finish his first sentence.
“Doesn’t that undermine and make enforcement impossible?” he asked Mr. Atkinson.
At one point, a flustered Mr. Atkinson said: “I’m starting to be backed into a corner.”
It makes a difference what kind of intellect and experience you put on the court.