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Behold The Nominee

Samuel Alito has been nominated by President Bush to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Here is the quick lowdown on Alito:

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Alito is 52 years old, a graduate from Princeton with a law degree from Yale. He is an appellate court judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, appointed in 1990 by George H.W. Bush.

Alito has a very deep resume:
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey (1987-1990).
Deputy Assistant Attorney General (1985-1987).
Assistant to the Solicitor General (1981-1985).

Check out the breakdown at The Supreme Court Nomination Blog for case summaries of Alito's notable opinions.

The important opinion here is his dissent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 947 F.2d 682 (3d Cir. 1991), this is the opinion most likely to cause fireworks at his confirmation hearing. This case struck down a Pennsylvania statue requiring a married woman seeking an abortion to "sign a statement indicating that she has notified her husband of her intended abortion." Alito thought this provision should have been upheld - Chief Justice Rehnquist agreed in his dissent when the case came before the Supreme Court.

Alito has a long paper trail, and there is little doubt as to where he stands jurisprudentially. He hasn't earned the nickname 'Scalito' for nothing. This is the big confirmation fight everyone has been expecting . . .

See you at the hearings!

Posted by Ken McCracken · 31 October 2005 10:03 AM


I am pleased with this nominee.

Posted by: Will Franklin at October 31, 2005 11:46 AM

I have a grin from ear to ear over this Will.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at October 31, 2005 12:07 PM

Alito or Miers? No question there. So do you think she was a "rope-a-dope" canidate? Everything I've seen on paper says these two are only alike in that they are 90% water and breathe air.

Either way, I'm much, much happier.

Posted by: Rob B. at October 31, 2005 12:21 PM

I think we can all safely say that Bush is now forgiven.

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