U.S. District Judge James Robertson, "one of 11 members of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as FISA," in protest of President George W. Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program," sent his resignation on Monday, December 19, 2005, to Chief Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.. 
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- "Judge Dismisses Indictment Against Hubbell. Charges against Hubbell's wife, accountant and tax lawyer also dropped," CNN's AllPolitics, July 1, 1998: Robertson "dismissed tax evasion charges against former Justice Department official and presidential friend Webster Hubbell, calling the indictment brought by Independent Counsel Ken Starr 'the quintessential fishing expedition.'"
- Terry Frieden, "Judge overturns conviction of Tyson Foods executive in Espy investigation," CNN's AllPolitics, September 22, 1998: "In a 14-page ruling Robertson said he overturned the jury's decision because Schaffer's gifts did not constitute a violation of federal laws, as charged by the prosecutor, Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz."
- Declan McCullagh, "FBI Gives a Little on Carnivore," Wired News, July 25, 2000.
- Chris Oakes, "Judge to FBI: Move on Carnivore," Wired News, August 2, 2000.
- "Judge rejects Bush FEC request," St. Petersburg Times, September 16, 2004.
- "U.S. court halts hearing by military panel. Ruling in case of Guantanamo detainee is a blow to Bush war policies," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 9, 2004: Robertson "shut down the first American military commission since World War II, ruling that the Bush administration violated the Geneva Conventions in its handling of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison."
- Toni Locy, "Tribunal halted after judge rules system unlawful," USA Today, November 8, 2004; updated November 9, 2004.
- Carol D. Leonnig and John Mintz, "Judge Says Detainees' Trials Are Unlawful. Ruling Is Setback For Bush Policy," Washington Post, November 9, 2004.
- Charlie Savage, "Judge halts legal proceeding at Guantanamo. Says US policy violates Geneva Conventions," Boston Globe, November 9, 2005.
- "Quick action asked in Guantanamo case," UPI (Washington Times), November 17, 2004.
- David Cole, "Profiles in Legal Courage," Agence Global, December 3, 2004.
- Charles Savage, "US judge eyes moving 2 Guantanamo detainees. Could order them brought to him," Boston Globe, August 2, 2005.
- Carol D. Leonnig and Dafna Linzer, "Spy Court Judge Quits In Protest. Jurist Concerned Bush Order Tainted Work of Secret Panel," Washington Post, December 21, 2005.
- Gina Holland, "Judge Resigns Over Secret Surveillance," Associated Press (ABC News), December 21, 2005.
- "U.S. spy court judge quits amid spying debate - paper," Reuters, December 21, 2005.
- "US Judge Resigns Over Bush's Domestic Spying Authorization: Report," Agence France Presse (Common Dreams), December 21, 2005: "Robertson's associates said the judge - one of 11 on the FISA court -- in recent conversations said he was concerned that the information gained from warrantless NSA surveillance could have been used to obtain FISA warrants."