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National Perspective

Memos may not hold Roberts's opinions

A lawyer's stance isn't necessarily what he believes

By Peter S. Canellos
August 23, 2005

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WASHINGTON -- Lawyers almost never speak for themselves. Private attorneys offer their clients' views. Justice Department lawyers carry out the president's policies. Trial judges follow precedents from higher courts. Even appeals-court judges usually incorporate their colleagues' thinking into their written opinions. (Full article: 756 words)

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