In front of thousands of onlookers, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. spoke Friday at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.
The historic speech comes 10 years after the dedication of the Jackson Center by Roberts' predecessor, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
Nearly 2,000 students from throughout the region were on hand; political figures, including Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, state Sen. Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, also were present.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. speaks Friday at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.
P-J photo by Scott Shelters
Greg Peterson, Robert H. Jackson Center co-founder and board member, helped introduce Roberts. John Barrett, professor at St. John's University School of Law and honored guest, officially introduced the chief justice.
"It is great to be back home," said Roberts, who was born in Buffalo. He added, "We are here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Jackson Center."
Roberts in his half-hour speech compared the Supreme Court when Jackson was a member to the court today.
A bust of Jackson was presented by James Johnson, Jackson Center president; David Crane, board chairman; and Thomas Loftus, Jackson grandson.
See Saturday's edition of The Post-Journal for extensive coverage of Roberts' visit.