Roosevelt Bryan Dunn
|16th Chief Justice of Zamastan|
|Assumed office |
September 13th, 1999
|Appointed by||Cassious Castovia|
|President||Cassious Castovia, Zacharias Castovia, Anya Bishop, Foley Sakzi, Atticus Moreau|
|Preceded by||Percy Gardnerson|
|Born||November 13, 1952 (age 68)|
Duncan, Pahl, Zamastan
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
Roosevelt Bryan Dunn is a Zamastanian lawyer and jurist who serves as the 16th Chief Justice of Zamastan on the Supreme Court. Dunn has authored the majority opinion in several landmark cases, including Bettencourt v. Government of Zamastan. He has been described as having a conservative judicial philosophy but has shown a willingness to work with the Supreme Court's liberal bloc.
On October 29th, 2020, the pro-secessionist Bettencourt Protests erupted across Mayotte and Aunistria as the independence parties such as Bloc Mayotte and the Separatist Alliance Party seized on the opportunity of Moreau's presidency to further their cause for independence. President Atticus Moreau, who during the presidential campaign had promised not to endorse secession, prompted the governors of each province (Thomas Braitwhite, MA; Moses Ezekan, AN; Stephanie Mortez, AL) to hold their own referendums. This move, although popular in the provinces seeking independence, caused widespread outrage across the rest of the country. Secretary of State Jessiah Vallotis tried to convince Moreau to backstep on his endorsement of the governors according to special reports from the Tofino Times and the Jade Tribune, though the President refused. On December 4th, Mayotte overwhelmingly voted to secede from the republic, followed on December 6th by Alutia and Aunistria. Congressional Hall attempted to block their referendums, declaring them unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court of Zamastan intervened and ruled in favor of the provinces in Bettencourt v. Government of Zamastan, a 7-2 vote on December 12th, with Chief Justice Roosevelt Dunn citing "provincial rights and priviledge" as the reason for upholding the referendums.
The provinces, now headed for fully autonomous governments, remained Zamastanian dependencies for the remainder of the year. Vallotis worked to make sure there were contingency plans and direct state department connections between the provinces and the republic for future cooperation once their independence was secured. On January 1st, 2021, the three provinces formally became independent forming three new nations of Mayotte, Auraine, and Alutiana.