Friday, November 18, 2005

Alito vs. Ginsburg

By Edward Whelan
  • "Twenty years ago, Alito expressed the view that there is not a constitutional right to abortion."
  • "Twenty years ago, Alito expressed his opposition to 'racial and ethnic quotas' — an opposition that liberal Democrats today purport to share."

Friday, November 11, 2005

What Would Alito Do?

"If he makes it through the storm he's ignited--a possibility that seems increasingly likely as Democratic senators Joe Biden, Kent Conrad and others downplay the possibility of a filibuster--Alito will soon have the chance to restrict abortion. And there's virtually no question that, if confirmed, he'd do just that." by Sharon Lerner

Give Alito a Chance

The Supreme Court nominee shows sensitivity to civil liberties by Harvey A. Silvergate

"Almost lost in the initial kabuki-style commentary is the fact that, to his credit, Alito has written opinions decidedly friendly to civil liberties. In 2004, he authored Shore Regional High School Board of Education v. P.S. , which held that a school district violated the Disabilities Education Act by failing to protect a student from intense bullying on the basis of perceived sexual orientation and lack of athletic ability. Alito's majority opinion in the 2003 case of Williams v. Price argued that state courts violated the constitutional rights of a black state prisoner who presented evidence that a juror had made derogatory remarks about blacks in a courthouse incident occurring just after the end of the trial. And his 1999 decision in Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Newark concluded that a police-department policy banning officers from wearing beards violated the First Amendment's free-exercise-of-religion clause."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Casey at the Bench

"Let's clear something up: Just because Alito voted to uphold this law doesn't necessarily mean he agreed with it, only that he concluded it was constitutional. In his dissent, he based this conclusion on a meticulous analysis of the standard set down by Sandra Day O'Connor to determine whether an abortion regulation imposed an ''undue burden" on the woman. He did not use his dissent as a platform to attack Roe v. Wade. Overall, Alito's record does not suggest that he is a zealot who would put ideology above the Constitution and judicial precedent."

Thursday, November 03, 2005

"Why Bush is Failing"

by Dick Morris

"Why he did not choose to nominate Judge Janet Rogers Brown, who had already been ruled non-filibusterable by the group of 14 senators who hold the balance of power, is a mystery."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Judge Alito and Copyright

"In addition to his extremely impressive legal skills, Judge Alito is a wonderful human being, the opposite of the “Scalito” nick name bandied about. He is a reserved, scholarly man adored by his clerks who had a special blend of coffee beans made up for him at a coffee store near his chambers in Newark, New Jersey called “Judge Alito’s Bold Justice Blend.” I have a pound in my refrigerator, and it is quite delicious: rich but subtle. We can expect Justice Alito to provide a skilled, fair look at copyright issues and a better cup of coffee." - William Patry

Monday, October 31, 2005

Samuel A. Alito Jr. - biography

Born 1950 in Trenton, NJ

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on February 20, 1990, to a seat vacated by John Joseph Gibbons; Confirmed by the Senate on April 27, 1990, and received commission on April 30, 1990.

Princeton University, A.B., 1972

Yale Law School, J.D., 1975

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1976-1977
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977-1981
Assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1981-1985
Deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1985-1987
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1987-1990

Race or Ethnicity: White

Gender: Male

Judges of the United States Courts

Monday, October 03, 2005

Is Meirs the ultimate stealth nominee?

On December 5, 2004, Rena Pederson, editor at large of the Dallas Morning News, wrote about Miers:

  • One legal lion once observed that she had gotten ahead in the male-dominated profession precisely because she wasn't a feminist, then he paused to reconsider and mused, "Maybe she is a feminist, I don't know."
  • That's not surprising - Ms. Miers is so adept at keeping her personal views to herself that when she ran for City Council in 1989, few knew whether she was a Republican or a Democrat, liberal or conservative.