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  • Alito Asks the Right Questions Which The Left Doesn’t Want Asked

    04/29/2015 12:04:13 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 20 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/29/15 | Steve Berman
    What starts as a “rights” issue inevitably ends up enforced at the barrel of the gun, and this highlights the importance of correctly defining words, especially before the Supreme Court. In the end, our society has to get along on these issues and come to some agreement—even if it’s to agree to disagree.  But society’s disagreements eventually work themselves out in law, and the Left’s aversion to even the most basic exploration of how changes in law affect our citizens is most troubling. The Left would have us change human taxonomy the way Facebook has changed its gender policy. Instead of...
  • Did Samuel Alito Throw Republicans An Obamacare Lifeline At The Supreme Court?

    03/09/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2015 | Avik Roy
    As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. That’s a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. That’s where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured. The Northern Pipeline precedent At the hearing, President Obama’s Solicitor General,...
  • 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 ^ | 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...

    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 ^ | 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,...