re(2): ‘Box 25-JGR/Flag, American (3)’, Reagan Library, Judge Roberts ‘stuff’
Here is what I can say succinctly and without delay:
I am glad I did not follow my mom’s advice and become a lawyer. Oh my God, this is what a future Justice of the United States Supreme Court did as ‘Associate Counsel to the President’!!!
There is nothing going on here… Move along folks… Move along…
Generalissimo Duane and Hugh, Judge Roberts’ entire input is the response letter to Mrs. Morris archived at the beginning of the Adobe PDF file. Here is what I found:
Judge Roberts is polite:
Thank you for your letter of November 7 to the President. That letter was only recently referred to this office for consideration. Please excuse our delay in responding.
Judge Roberts has judicial temperament:
In your letter you noted your concern over the treatment of our flag at a private school in your neighborhood, and asked to know how the President thinks our flag should be treated and displayed. I am in no position to comment on the treatment of the flag that you complain of in your letter, since I have no direct knowledge of what was done, and it would be unfair to condemn those involved without having the benefit of their side of the story.
Judge provided the citizen with useable documentation:
Congress has, however, codified rules on the proper treatment of the flag. I have enclosed a copy of the pertinent provisions for your information. You will notice that you are correct that the flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset, unless it is properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, unless it is an all weather flag. In short,
the understanding of the rules and regulations concerning the flag expressed in
your letter appears to be entirely accurate.
Judge Roberts is patriotic and courteous:
I read with interest and admiration the Bronze Star Medal Citation for your husband that you enclosed with your letter. Please be assured that all of us recognize the debt we owe to those, like your husband, who were willing to risk their lives to safeguard the freedom we all enjoy.
Judge Roberts is timely:
His office received the letter on 1985/11/27 and answered it on 1985/12/12.
Judge Roberts is thorough
The Congressional documentation is quite extensive.
Judge Roberts believes as this citizen does, and writes persuasively:
His letter makes no reference to the fact that the resolution regarding the ‘Display and Use of the Flag of the United States of America’ is non-binding and advisory only. Thus, his letter can be used by the citizen to resolve the issue peacefully within the structure of the code.