Chief Justice John Roberts Visits WNY

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT


JAMESTOWN, N.Y (WKBW) Around two thousand people turned out to see US Supreme Court Chief Justice, and Buffalo native, John Roberts Jr. speak at the Robert H. Jackson Center in downtown Jamestown.

It is the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Jackson Center which honors the life of one of the most important legal figures in the 20th century.

Robert Jackson was a country lawyer who practiced in the Jamestown and Buffalo area, and he would go on to become one of the most important lawyers in the history of the county.

After serving 18-months as US Attorney General, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Jackson to serve on the US Supreme Court in 1941.

In 1945, President Harry Truman appointed Jackson to serve as the US Chief Prosecutor of Nazi war criminals during the Nuremburg trials after WWII.

Robert Jackson died in 1954 just shortly after the high court ruled that public school segregation was a violation of the 14th amendment.

During his tribute to the late Justice Jackson, Chief Justice John Roberts used humor and history to pay tribute to a man, who the Chief Justice said, set a legal standard that is still very relevant in the 21st century.