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  • Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with Idaho homeowners

    01/09/2012 10:26:29 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 88 replies · 10+ views
    WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners. The justices were considering whether to let a North Idaho couple challenge an EPA order identifying their land as “protected wetlands.” Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake wanted to build their house on the land. But the EPA says the Sacketts can’t challenge the order to restore the land to wetlands or face thousands of dollars in fines. Justice Samuel Alito called EPA’s actions “outrageous.” Justice Antonin Scalia noted the “high-handedness of the agency” in dealing with private property. Chief...
  • Alito and Ethics (Is it legal for a Justice to attend political fundraisers?)

    11/12/2010 6:33:45 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 13 replies
    Constitutional Law Prof Blog ^ | Nov 11, 2010 | Ruthann Robson
    Is it legal for a Justice of the United States Supreme Court to attend political fundraisers? That's the query posed by Lee Fang, a reporter at Think Progress, to Justice Samuel Alito at the American Spectator fundraiser, which Alito reportedly "headlined" in 2008. Fang at Think Progress describes The American Spectator as a "right wing magazine" that was behind the attempts to impeach Bill Clinton, that its publisher leads the “Conservative Action Project,” formed after President Obama’s election, to help lobby for conservative legislative priorities, elect Republicans and block President Obama’s judicial appointments. The keynote speaker at last evening's event...
  • Hail to the Chief Justice

    03/13/2010 4:43:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 892+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    When the young John Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice of the United States in 2005, he declined to put those gold stripes on his robes. They’re the ones that the late William Rehnquist had devised to indicate his status as first among equals on the nation’s high court. “I’ll have to earn them,” Roberts said modestly. He just did. He gave a powerful rejoinder this week to President Obama’s unprecedented foray into demagoguery. It’s more than a tempest in a teapot. Last January, President Obama took the unheard of step of criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling during his...
  • Justice Alito Dissents

    02/06/2010 10:13:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 827+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2010 | Jan LaRue
    It's a good bet that the conversation in the Supreme Court break room the morning after the president's State of the Union speech was about Obama's drive-by distortion of its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Predictably, the spin at The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune was "Alito Disparages Obama's Supreme Court Criticism." Where else but in the Bizarro World of Obama's branch offices at the Post, Trib, and MS-NBC could we find such a polar opposite version of "reality"? Like their champion, these media corporations are extremely vexed that the Court leveled the playing field for all corporations and...
  • Alito Calls Free-Speech Limits 'Dangerous' as Court Considers Cases (McCain/Feingold overturned?)

    06/15/2007 3:22:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,411+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2007 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. made it clear as he began taking questions at yesterday's National Italian American Foundation luncheon that he couldn't reveal any of the Supreme Court's forthcoming opinions. But did he at least give a hint? Two of the court's biggest remaining cases focus on the First Amendment, and while Alito didn't mention either, he did make it clear that any restrictions on speech face a high hurdle with him. "I'm a very strong believer in the First Amendment and the right of people to speak and to write," Alito said in response to a question of...
  • Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr: The life and times of a justice in the making

    09/01/2006 7:11:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 698+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 08.27.06 | KATE COSCARELLI
    Samuel A. Alito Jr. vividly remembers the first few hours of his new job. The Senate had just approved his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and he had been whisked into the high court for his swearing-in. There was lunch with his new colleagues, then he was shown around his new chambers, formerly occupied by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He was exhausted after a partisan three-month battle over his confirmation, but the weight of it all was just beginning to lift. He was thinking vacation. Then a law clerk came looking for him. Michael Taylor, a Missouri man convicted...
  • Justice and Wife Look Back on Confirmation Ordeal [Sam Alito]

    08/28/2006 12:42:50 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 16 replies · 1,502+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 8/27/2006 | Kate Coscarelli
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his old chambers in Newark, N.J., earlier this month. Asked if he ever questioned himself and his pursuit of the high court seat during the tense period leading up to his Senate confirmation, Alito said: "Like every day." (Photo by Noah Addis) Justice and Wife Look Back on Confirmation Ordeal BY KATE COSCARELLI U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his old chambers in Newark, N.J., earlier this month. Asked if he ever questioned himself and his pursuit of the high court seat during the tense period leading up to his Senate...
  • Alito breaks tie, Kansas death penalty stays

    06/26/2006 9:20:00 AM PDT · by rwfromkansas · 63 replies · 1,729+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | 6/26/06 | Gina Holland
    WASHINGTON - New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito broke a tie Monday in a ruling that affirmed a state death penalty law and also revealed the court's deep divisions over capital punishment. ADVERTISEMENT Justices split 5-4 in the term's oldest case, which was argued in December before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement. The justices are in the final week of their term and handling some of the most contentious and important cases. They meet again Wednesday to announce more decisions. The Kansas case was unique. The state law says juries should impose death sentences if aggravating evidence of a crime's...
  • Court Expands Right to Sue Over Retaliation on the Job (Alito Takes More Conservative Path)

    06/23/2006 12:17:33 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 746+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2006 | Charles Lane
    The Supreme Court made it easier yesterday for workers in most parts of the country to sue employers for retaliating against them when they complain about sexual harassment or other discrimination. The court ruled that employees may collect damages, even in some cases where the punishment did not involve getting fired or losing wages.The decision, which had the full support of eight justices, expands the legal rights of millions of workers who are covered by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the main federal law against job discrimination, and their employers. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. agreed with...
  • Supreme Court: No exclusionary rule for no-knock searches

    06/15/2006 7:53:40 AM PDT · by NinoFan · 276 replies · 4,648+ views
    Breaking... Major 5-4 decision. This case was reargued and apparently Alito cast the deciding vote.
  • Justices, 5-4, Limit Whistleblower Suits (Alito Breaks Tie, Sides With Conservatives)

    05/30/2006 8:18:39 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 158 replies · 7,760+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 30, 2006
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for government employees to file lawsuits claiming they were retaliated against for going public with allegations of official misconduct. By a 5-4 vote, justices said the nation's 20 million public employees do not have carte blanche free speech rights to disclose government's inner-workings. New Justice Samuel Alito cast the tie-breaking vote. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the court's majority, said the First Amendment does not protect "every statement a public employee makes in the course of doing his or her job." The decision came after the case was argued...
  • Alito to decide privacy case (Court likely stands 4-4 in this case)

    05/21/2006 11:05:57 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 11 replies · 1,079+ views
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court held a rare mid-May oral argument Thursday on the power of police to search private homes without knocking first – a major privacy-rights case likely to be decided by the vote of the court’s newest member, Justice Samuel Alito. At issue in Hudson v. Michigan is the “knock and announce” rule rooted both in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and Anglo-American common law. The rule says that, in normal cases, police with a search warrant must first knock and state their purpose, then wait a reasonable period, before forcing their way in. Most federal...
  • ALITO’S FIRST OPINION FAVORS MURDER DEFENDANT

    05/05/2006 10:19:59 AM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 40 replies · 2,051+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | May 5, 2006 | DAVID L. HUDSON JR
    ALITO’S FIRST OPINION FAVORS MURDER DEFENDANT State Court Must Loosen Evidence Rule, Ex-Prosecutor Says BY DAVID L. HUDSON JR. In his first opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a former federal prosecutor, overturned a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling restricting a murder defendant’s right to produce evidence that another person committed the crime. The South Carolina Supreme Court had ruled that since the state had strong forensic evidence of the defendant’s guilt, he was precluded from introducing his evidence of third-party guilt. Writing for a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court in Holmes v. South Carolina, No....
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Public Schools Can't Censor Religious Views Of Students In Class Assignments

    04/24/2006 10:11:24 AM PDT · by dukeman · 71 replies · 2,080+ views
    Liberty Counsel e-mail update | 4/24/06
    Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a ruling by a federal court of appeals to stand that declared public schools cannot censor the religious viewpoints of students in class assignments. The case, Baldwinsville School District v. Peck, involved a school district's censorship of a kindergartner's art poster that contained a picture of Jesus. Liberty Counsel represents Antonio Peck, the student whose poster was censored. When attending kindergarten at Baldwinsville Elementary School in Syracuse, New York, Antonio's teacher instructed the class to draw posters regarding their understanding of the environment. Antonio drew a poster depicting children holding hands...
  • Justice Alito Joins Cert Pool Party

    04/07/2006 4:15:23 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 566+ views
    The Legal Times ^ | April 7, 2006 | Tony Mauro
    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., like his predecessor Sandra Day O'Connor, has joined the justices' so-called "cert pool" ­-- leaving John Paul Stevens once again as the only justice not participating in the controversial case-pooling arrangement. Alito confirmed his action in response to a query from Legal Times. Justices in the pool divide up incoming certiorari petitions among their law clerks, so that one clerk produces a memorandum on each case that is then shared with all the justices in the pool. The pool, created in 1972 to cut down on duplication and cope with increased caseload, was not...
  • Dobson Says Alito Sent Thank-You Note

    03/01/2006 4:48:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 62 replies · 1,150+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/6 | COLLEEN SLEVIN
    DENVER -- Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said Wednesday that new Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sent him a letter thanking him and his radio listeners for their support during his Senate confirmation hearings. Alito wrote that "the prayers of so many people from around the country were a palpable and powerful force. As long as I serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me," Dobson said on his radio broadcast. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Alito's note was in response to a letter Dobson sent congratulating...
  • Parsing Alito's Clerk Picks

    02/19/2006 2:29:51 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 24 replies · 1,020+ views
    The Legal Times via Law.com ^ | February 21, 2006 | Tony Mauro
    Two of Justice Samuel Alito Jr.'s former law clerks stopped in at his chambers earlier this month to congratulate him on winning confirmation. Alito was so happy to see them, apparently, that he offered them jobs on the spot. He asked Hannah Smith, a Williams & Connolly associate, and Jay Jorgensen, a partner at Sidley Austin, to serve as his law clerks this term. Both, after clerking for Alito, had subsequent high court experience -- Jorgensen clerked for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Smith for Justice Clarence Thomas -- and that was exactly what Alito needed. Alito's other,...
  • Three Conservative Lawyers Become Alito's Law Clerks

    02/16/2006 6:39:29 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 12 replies · 766+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | February 15, 2006
    WASHINGTON — Helping promote Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court has paid off for three conservative lawyers, including a one-time confidant of former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The three have prize assignments as Alito's law clerks and the opportunity to help shape his early days on the court. They also have resumes that could add some firepower to the junior justice's chambers. Alito, 55, has surrounded himself with solid conservatives and loyalists — all three clerked for him when he was an appeals court judge, dating back a decade. Two of the new clerks, Jay Jorgensen and Hannah Smith,...
  • Ann Coulter Speaks, Crowd Erupts

    02/11/2006 1:56:55 PM PST · by george76 · 374 replies · 13,958+ views
    Human Events ^ | 02/10/06 | Ivy J. Sellers
    Ann Coulter...was definitely Friday’s biggest draw at CPAC 2006. From the get-go the conservative columnist had the crowd cheering and was frequently interrupted by applause. Many of Coulter’s talking points came from recent news events -- such as “the great Danish cartoon caper” and President Bush’s Supreme Court nominees. “Muslims are the only group who kill because people call them violent,” she said of Islam’s rage over the printing of Muhammad cartoons. Speaking about the nation's highest court, Coulter not only expressed elation at Justice Samuel Alito’s confirmation, she also shared her feelings on Chief Justice John Roberts ... She...
  • FR member 'JustAWoman' Radio highlights from her first show (audio from 4 interviews)

    02/09/2006 5:29:07 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 3 replies · 448+ views
    'Just A Woman' ^ | Wednesday February 8th, 2006 | Lores Rizkalla
    All audio from these interviews is here --- What's up with Alito? Lawyer and blogger Chris Price (aka Layman) breaks down what you need to know about the new Supreme Court Justice. --- Conservative African American: oxymoron?African American President of the Southern California Republican Club , Austin Dragon, tells his story of crossing the political spectrum. What happened to turn this man from a liberal to a conservative? He also had a thing or two to say about Julian Bond and the NAACP! :) --- Who is being "abused" at UCLA: Students or Professors? Bruin Republican President Faith Christiansen gives...
  • Knox Calling: On Alito: differing views by politicians

    02/04/2006 10:26:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 520+ views
    The U.S. Senate confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court last week drew plenty of political statements - even from a politician who didn't have a vote to cast. For example, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., issued this statement: "I was proud to cast my vote to confirm President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Samuel Alito understands that as a judge he is supposed to enforce the law impartially and respect the Constitution. He has demonstrated the judicial temperament ideal for a Supreme Court justice." In contrast, U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., R-Tenn. -...
  • National Review's Bench Memos on Alito's 1st Vote (Truth Butchered by MSM)

    02/02/2006 6:46:17 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 2 replies · 1,016+ views
    National Review ^ | February 2, 2006 | Jonathan Adler & Ed Whlean
    Re: Alito at Work[Jonathan Adler 02/02 09:45 AM] Ed may be right that the record is ambiguous, but according to two reports we know that Justice Alito did participate in orders after being sworn in, including another order relating to the same case. We also know that it would be customary to indicate that Justice Alito did not participate if that were the case, and there was no such indication. Assuming this is the case, does it matter? Not really. Justice Alito was on the Court for scarcely a day when this occurred, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • Partial-birth ban headed to Supreme Court

    02/02/2006 3:13:39 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 45 replies · 1,153+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3 February 2006
    With three federal appellate courts now ruling the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2004 unconstitutional, the issue likely will be decided by the newly configured Supreme Court, with two conservative justices recently appointed by President Bush. Jordan Lorence, an attorney with the public-interest legal group Alliance Defense Fund, told WND he believes it's probable that one of the three cases will be heard by the high court his fall, with a decision coming in June 2007. A ruling last year by the 8th Circuit already has been appealed. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco and the...
  • The Impact of Alito (could stop baby-killing!!!)

    02/01/2006 7:31:12 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 953+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 2 February 2006 | Susan Estrich
    Now that Sam Alito has been confirmed, the pro-choice movement in America needs to take stock. The effort to stop Alito was a colossal failure. The opportunity to educate the public about the tenuous state of abortion rights in America was utterly lost in a confusing Senate strategy that at one moment focused on Alito's club memberships, at another on his investments and hardly ever on the likely future for women in this country. But the senators alone cannot be blamed. The pro-choice movement was in many respects no more effective than the senators in reaching women - despite repeated...
  • Alito Casts First Vote in Supreme Court

    02/01/2006 1:32:34 PM PST · by katieanna · 16 replies · 1,398+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | Feb. 1, 2006 | Gina Holland
    WASHINGTON - New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito cast his first vote on Wednesday, as the court refused to give Missouri permission to immediately execute a man who killed a teenage honor student. The court's 9-0 action was procedural, however, because a stay was already set to expire Wednesday afternoon. Separately, the court acting without Alito rejected Michael Taylor's appeal that argued that Missouri's death penalty system is racist. Taylor is black and his victim was white.
  • Photos of Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito & Justice Thomas at the SOTU (Breyer for Garnish)

    02/01/2006 10:46:33 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 106 replies · 3,827+ views
    The AP, The AFP, & Reuters via Yahoo! News | January 31, 2006
  • Alito Opposes Mo. Execution

    02/01/2006 7:01:01 PM PST · by kddid · 111 replies · 5,081+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito split with the court's conservatives Wednesday night, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row inmate contesting lethal injection. Alito, handling his first case, sided with inmate Michael Taylor, who had won a stay from an appeals court earlier in the evening. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas supported lifting the stay, but Alito joined the remaining five members in turning down Missouri's last-minute request to allow a midnight execution.
  • Kim Gandy Cussin' Mad Over Alito Confirmation (NOW President)

    02/01/2006 9:05:37 AM PST · by wagglebee · 144 replies · 4,856+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/1/06 | NewsMax
    National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy was so angry on Tuesday after the Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito that she began cursing during a radio interview. "That is such B - llsh - t!" Gandy exclaimed, after radio host Steve Malzberg argued that Alito was nowhere near as politically extreme as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who once favored lowing the age of consent for women to 12. The staff at WOR Radio bleeped Gandy's swearword and Malzberg promptly warned her, "Hey, hey, hey - you can't say that on the air . . . I...
  • New Justice's First Challenge: Clap On or Clap Off?

    02/01/2006 8:41:08 AM PST · by frankjr · 17 replies · 1,391+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/06 | Dana Milbank
    Alito began tentatively. As the justices were announced, he listed to the Republican side of the aisle as he made his entrance and barely glanced toward the Democrats. He stood awkwardly next to Breyer, a Clinton appointee, making occasional small talk as he waited for the speech to start. When Bush entered and shook the new justice's hand, howls of approval poured from the GOP side. At times, Alito followed the lead of the other three justices who sat with him in the front row. When Bush said "We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it," Thomas...
  • Supreme welcome: Alito term begins quickly after swearing in

    02/01/2006 7:19:21 AM PST · by katieanna · 21 replies · 1,029+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 1, 2006 | Not Attributed
    WHITE HOUSE There'll be a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House this morning for the newest member of the Supreme Court, justice Samuel Alito. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath in a private ceremony yesterday, allowing the newly confirmed Alito to take his seat with other members of the high court last night at President Bush's State of the Union address. After the private welcome, Alito was quickly confronted with emergency appeals in three death-row cases. He bowed out as colleagues settled them.
  • Photos of Justice Alito Sworn in by Chief Justice Roberts

    02/01/2006 2:18:26 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 84 replies · 2,377+ views
    The AP & Reuters via Yahoo! News | February 1, 2006
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 2.1.06

    02/01/2006 3:48:00 PM PST · by GretchenM · 225 replies · 3,195+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Wednesday February 1, 2006 | GretchenM
    The president went to Nashville, Tennessee, today, to give a speech on his 2006 agenda. He signed a proclamation in honor of American Heart Month. There are pick up photos from last night of Associate Justice Alito's ceremonial swearing in, and from the president's State of the Union speech. Welcome to Sanity Island!!!!!
  • The Liberal Nightmare Begins (LOL! ROTFLMAO!!!)

    01/31/2006 4:45:23 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 169 replies · 8,028+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 1 February 2006 | Philip V. Brennan
    It was their worst nightmare coming true - the U.S. Senate has voted to put a conservative jurist on the Supreme Court, replacing a woman who they could depend on in a pinch to vote their way a lot of the time. And the left, which dominates the Democrat party, knows that the nightmare is just beginning. President Bush has three more years left in his term as the nation's chief executive and he most probably will have an opportunity to name at least one more justice to the high court. And when he does, you can bet he'll nominate...
  • Alito Seen as Carrying the Torch of Reagan

    01/31/2006 4:38:57 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 34 replies · 908+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1 February 2006 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON — Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan came to Washington with bold plans to move the Supreme Court to the right. He and his lawyers wanted a high court that would uphold state laws that impose the death penalty, restrict abortion and allow a greater role for religion in public life. They favored property rights over environmental regulation, states' rights over broad federal authority and executive power over Congress and the federal courts. Now, with the Senate about to confirm Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a second generation of Reagan disciples stands ready to fulfill the former president's vision for...
  • MAYOR LAFFEY UNSURPRISED BY CHAFEE’S LACK OF LEADERSHIP

    01/30/2006 3:47:55 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 951+ views
    Laffey US Senate ^ | 31 January 2006 | Steve Laffey
    Mayor Laffey lamented Senator Chafee’s announcement this morning that he will vote to oppose Judge Alito’s nomination in the Senate and cited the Senator’s announcement as further proof of Senator Chafee’s extremist positions. It has been almost a week since the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send Judge Alito’s nomination to the full Senate. Almost all Republican Senators have announced their positions, and numerous moderate Democrats have come out in favor of the nomination. Senator Chafee’s indecision and now, his opposition, leaves one to wonder what his true intentions are. “It’s disappointing, but not at all surprising,” Mayor Laffey said....
  • Kennedy: National Disgrace

    01/30/2006 3:23:30 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 2,270+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 31 January 2006 | David Freddoso
    It's been amusing to hear Senator Kennedy going on and on about Alito. "The American people deserve better," he just shouted. "This body (the Senate) deserves better." Indeed, he is correct. They deserve much better than Ted Kennedy. Perhaps the best test for senators on the vote is this: Which one would you trust not to leave you to drown and die: Ted Kennedy or Sam Alito?
  • New England Liberals Lead Charge Against Alito

    01/30/2006 2:48:14 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 816+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 31 January 2006
    WASHINGTON -- Liberal Democrats waged an eleventh-hour attempt Monday to block Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation, arguing that he would tilt the high court further to the right. GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island also announced that he would vote against Alito's confirmation. He is the only member of the Republican Party so far to announce that he will vote against the conservative judge. "I think he is the wrong judge at the wrong time in the wrong place," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., a longtime liberal stalwart. "I do not believe he is going to be part of...
  • Alito on the Way to Confirmation

    01/30/2006 2:36:06 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 44 replies · 1,315+ views
    WASHINGTON — Enough Senate Democrats had signed on by mid-vote Monday to prevent a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito, virtually assuring the nomination would go to a full floor vote Tuesday ending with his confirmation. When the vote is done, the Democrats will have joined with all 54 Republicans present to pass the 60-vote threshold to end debate, leading to a final floor vote Tuesday morning. Alito could be sworn in as early as noon Tuesday. Earlier in the afternoon, members of the so-called Gang of 14 said they unanimously supported ending debate on Alito, The evenly politically...
  • Kerry Plays The Race Card

    01/29/2006 10:41:36 AM PST · by george76 · 52 replies · 2,512+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/27 | Wendy Long
    Democrats — at least those seeking the Democratic nomination for president and those who are desperate for money from extremist Left deep pockets — are trying to "out-Liberal" each other on the Alito nomination, even when it is clear a bipartisan majority of senators intend to make the Judge Alito "Justice Alito" in just a few days. John Kerry, after launching the first international filibuster from the slopes of the Swiss Alps with the help of Ted Kennedy, gave a speech earlier on the Senate floor that rivals Kennedy’s 1987 smear of Judge Bork. Kennedy claimed that in “Judge Bork’s...
  • Alito filibuster? ‘Not likely,’ Democrat says (Biden, Reid, Akaka, Dorgan Don't Support Filibuster)

    01/27/2006 7:28:38 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 48 replies · 1,306+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 27, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Senate GOP leaders plan to confirm Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito early next week after dealing with a filibuster threat from Democratic die-hards who worry that the conservative judge would swing the court too far to the right.A final vote making the New Jersey jurist the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice was scheduled for Tuesday morning, only hours before President Bush begins his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, if Alito’s bipartisan supporters succeed in rounding up 60 votes to cut off debate on Monday.<SNIP>A Democratic senator who plans to vote against Alito’s confirmation,...
  • Kerry Takes His Cues From Left Wing

    01/27/2006 3:12:27 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 68 replies · 1,746+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 27 January 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    Sen. John Kerry (D.-Mass.) is traveling in Davos, Switzerland, but that didn’t stop him from launching what conservatives are calling an “international filibuster” against Samuel Alito. As CNN reported Kerry’s plans to filibuster Alito’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, the liberal People For the American Way reacted with glee to the news. Kerry’s cohort from Massachusetts, Sen. Teddy Kennedy, also offered encouragement. Was it a coincidence? At 5:31 p.m., the National Abortion Federation (the professional association of abortion practitioners) released the following statement: "Today, the National Abortion Federation calls on Senators to use the filibuster to stop the confirmation of...
  • Sen. Kerry calls for filibuster of Alito

    01/26/2006 1:09:22 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 369 replies · 18,016+ views
    CNN ^ | January 26, 2006
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry has decided to support a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN's Congressional Correspondent Ed Henry reported Thursday. Kerry, in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, was marshaling support in phone calls during the day, Henry said.</p>
  • Teddy (Brain-dead Senator from Ma)

    01/26/2006 2:50:07 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 60 replies · 2,107+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 26 January 2006 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I cannot rid from my mind the name Alioto, Judge Samuel Alioto. That is the name of Judge Samuel Alito as pronounced by the delightful Sen. Edward Kennedy, or is it Eduardo Kennedino? No, it is simply Teddy, and he is as entertaining as any U.S. Senator since the days of the soused Southerners, who would tipple their way through the dreamy days on Capitol Hill, rousing themselves for histrionic oratory in the mid-afternoon and then slumping back into their seats, awaiting the late afternoon hour when they would all gather in one or another's chambers for a...
  • Senators Vow Strong Support for Alito

    01/24/2006 9:59:17 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 697+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 25 January 2006
    WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito won commitments from a majority of senators Tuesday, assuring his eventual confirmation and making a rightward tilt of the court likely. On the same day Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, five Republicans announced that they would vote for his confirmation in the full Senate, pushing him over 50 votes in the 100-member chamber. Fifty Senate Republicans, plus one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, have publicly committed to vote for Alito through their representatives, interviews with The Associated Press or news releases. No Republicans have opposed him and...
  • Kerry's Uses Alito Opposition to Fundraise

    01/24/2006 4:38:47 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 27 replies · 558+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 25 January 2006 | Ivy J. Sellers
    The Congressional Quarterly reported today that Sen. John Kerry (D.-Mass.) has not only announced his opposition to Judge Samuel Alito’s confirmation to the Supreme Court but has used that as a fundraising platform. Instead of using his senatorial connections to spread the word of his decision, he utilized ties to his political action committee – sending out 3 million e-mails to supporters of his 2004 presidential campaign, according to CQ. The release of Kerry’s statement couldn’t have been better timed. The Senator issued the letter to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in his effort to raise funds...
  • Senator's Comments on Today's Vote

    01/24/2006 4:14:57 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 57 replies · 1,526+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 25 January 2006 | Ivy J. Sellers
    Republican Senators on the committee voted for Alito and include Arlen Specter (Penn.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mike DeWine (Ohio), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Cornyn (Texas), Sam Brownback (Kan.), Charles Grassley (Iowa), and Tom Coburn (Okla.). Senate Judiciary Democrats who opposed him are Edward Kennedy (Mass.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Joseph Biden (Del.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold (Wis.), Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.). Below are some of their comments before and after today’s vote by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Penn.): "I think it is, unfortunately, it is...
  • Alito Scores Knockout of Democrats

    01/23/2006 2:42:31 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 47 replies · 1,846+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 24 January 2006 | Mike Franc
    Perhaps the most revealing and underreported exchange during Judge Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings began when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) tried to pin Alito down on whether Roe v. Wade is so powerful as to be a permanent fixture in our constitutional jurisprudence. Alito noted that the precedent in Roe, while important, “is not an inexorable command.” Feinstein’s sophisticated Roe radar went off. Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, you see, once used this exact phrase in arguing for Roe’s reversal. Feinstein concluded that Alito had sent a subtle signal that he would vote to overturn the constitutional underpinning to abortion. Feinstein...
  • Top Senate Democrats oppose Alito nomination (Leahy, Turbin, L.A.)

    01/19/2006 9:09:20 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 34 replies · 846+ views
    Reuters ^ | 20 January 2006 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three top Senate Democrats said on Thursday they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito because they fear he would not provide an effective check to what they described as President George W. Bush's bid for expanded power. While Alito appeared headed toward confirmation by the Republican-led Senate, Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts made the case against Bush's 55-year-old conservative candidate. They expressed concern that if confirmed, Alito, a federal appeals judge since 1990, would push the nation's highest court to the right on a number of...
  • 'Earthy' Alito Hearings Contrast Roberts'

    01/17/2006 3:12:56 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 513+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 18 January 2006 | Robert Novak
    Alito Hearings: The confirmation hearings on Judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court were striking for their dissimilarity from last year's confirmation hearings for Chief Justice John Roberts. 1) Alito lacked the rhetorical polish of Roberts, but matched his intellectual rigor. His style was earthy and solid, well suited to his career as an appeals judge who has labored in the trenches for 15 years. His calm explanations of the law were dull at times, but for the most part, he was clear and he did not equivocate. 2) Alito went well beyond the minimum requirements of the so-called...
  • Does Teddy Kennedy Have Higher Ethical Standards Than the ABA? (One for the Lard A$$ file!)

    01/17/2006 2:20:50 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 844+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 18 January 2006 | Amanda B. Carpenter
    The American Bar Association—a liberal organization—conducted an extensive investigation of Judge Samuel Alito’s career as a lawyer and judge and unanimously gave him its highest rating of “well qualified” to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The ABA interviewed 300 people, including 130 federal judges and numerous lawyers who had argued both winning and losing cases in Alito’s court. It also examined the purported controversies about Alito’s failure to recuse himself from a case involving the Vanguard company, which managed mutual funds he owned shares in (see Sen. Orrin Hatch’s piece on the cover), and his membership in the defunct...