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Roy Ashland is an American jurist who serves for thirty-two years on the Supreme Court of the United States, twelve of them, from 1992 to 2004, as Chief Justice.

Career

Ashland was originally appointed to the Supreme Court as an Associate Judge in 1972, and was elevated to Chief Justice by President Owen Lassiter in 1992.

Ashland is a very liberal judge, and known for his extensive debates with conservative Justice Brady. Ashland is quite old by the time the Bartlet Administration comes into office. The White House notices that Ashland is furtively writing parts of his decisions in poetic verse, leaving the administration wondering what might be going on in his mind.[1]

Despite suffering from health problems, Ashland refuses to give up his seat on the court for several years, fearing that President Josiah Bartlet would not be able (for political reasons) to nominate a worthy successor.[2] However, when Evelyn Baker Lang has a good chance of being confirmed as long as another free seat on the court is given to conservative Christopher Mulready, Ashland agrees to step down and pave the way for Lang's nomination.[3]

Notes and references

  1. "Inauguration (Part I)"
  2. "Separation of Powers"
  3. Episode 5x17 "The Supremes"



PREDECESSOR
Henry Staub
Supreme Court Justice
Roy Ashland
19922004
SUCCESSOR
Evelyn Baker Lang
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