January 01, 2009

Feeling The Pinch, Justice Roberts Goes Moonlighting

If you're jonesin' for late night fast food in Silver Spring, Maryland, be prepared to do a doubletake at the drivethru window. You might recognize the employee handing you your Baconator and Frosty from his day job: Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.

Finding it increasingly difficult to scrape by on his meager $217,400 salary, Roberts took a part-time night shift at a Wendy's in the DC-area suburb to help make ends meet. Attorney Jane Sullivan Roberts, his wife, is also pitching in to help the family's finances by running a dog-walking service for neighbors and colleagues.

Justice Roberts praised his 27-year old supervisor, Lennie "The Man" Mandrake, for arranging a flexible schedule that allows him to keep up with his busy schedule of hearing cases and writing opinions.

"I could go to Congress and simply ask them for more money," Roberts said. "But in these difficult economic times it's important that those of us at the highest levels of government show that we can solve our own problems, not expect Uncle Sam to solve them for us."

Legal scholars report that while unusual, Roberts' action is not without precedence, citing Nineteenth Century Chief Justice Taney's weekend job in a livery stable. And while there is always the chance of a conflict of interest arising when a justice has outside financial interests, most precedent-setting decisions concerning the fast food industry were handed down decades ago by the Burger Court.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at January 1, 2009 11:47 AM

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You've got to be kidding me.

Posted by: WhosPlayin? [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 2, 2009 09:32 AM

If it wasn't true, how could it be on the internet?

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 2, 2009 12:40 PM

Good enough for me. I'll have the Big Bacon Classic combo with Dr. Pepper, please.

Posted by: WhosPlayin? [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 2, 2009 11:38 PM

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