Monday, November 21, 2005

Alito: So Far, The Scales of Justice Weigh Heavily to the Right

Following are a bunch of articles on Supreme Court nominee Alito. I'm honestly trying, despite the Right's ecstacy over his nomination, to evaluate his candidacy objectively and not react to political spin -- from either the right or left. Problem is, the more I read, with a few exceptions, the more it seems he really is a Right-winger's dream candidate. I thought I'd share the articles with you all and see what you think. So, what DO you think?

CLICK TO READ: - A fight with a twist by Massimo Calabresi - Nov 21, 2005
"'The tactic is going to be to frame it as a debate over broader rights, including privacy, civil rights and women's rights,' says Jim Manley, the spokesman for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. This will avoid, Manley says, 'the divisive debate over the word [abortion] itself.'"

CLICK TO READ: Jewish Group Votes to Oppose Alito - Washington Post
" ...More than 2,000 delegates of the Union for Reform Judaism adopted a resolution saying Alito would "shift the ideological balance of the Supreme Court on matters of core concern to the reform movement" on abortion rights, women's rights, civil rights and the scope of federal power."

CLICK TO READ: The forces that molded Judge Alito by Warren Richey |
"The man who could be the nation's next Supreme Court justice is smart, hard-working, quiet, self-effacing, even shy. But if you really want to understand appeals court judge Samuel Alito, focus on three things, say those who know him best: his family, the law, and the Philadelphia Phillies."

CLICK TO READ: Judge Alito on the States - Washington Post
"THERE IS perhaps no area of American constitutional law as important and as in flux at the Supreme Court as the balance of power between the federal government and the states. Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. does not have extensive writings on the subject as a lower court judge, but he has written two opinions that liberal groups cite as evidence of the grave danger his confirmation would carry."

CLICK TO READ: Alito Often Ruled for Religious Expression by Neil A. Lewis - New York Times
"During his 15 years sitting in Newark as a member of a federal appeals court, Judge Alito has sided almost uniformly with those who have complained vigorously in recent years that zealousness in enforcing the Constitution's separation of church and state has unfairly inhibited religious practices."

CLICK TO READ: Campaign for the Supreme Court - The Politics of the Nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr.
The Washington Post has compiled a list of links to many more articles on Alito which you can find here.

Alito: The Wolf At The Door
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has enviros worried |By Amanda Griscom Little |Grist Magazine | Muckraker | 01 Nov 2005
Alito's Professor Offers Insights
Buffalo News - Alito's record a bad omen for women - The Family Values Sideshow
Abortion Case From 1991 May Be Central in Confirmation - New York Times
Alito Attempts to Downplay Views on Abortion in '85 Letter
Alito Signals Reluctance to Overturn Roe v. Wade
The Democrats and Judge Alito - New York Times
Democrats Raise Red Flag on Alito
'85 Document Opens Window to Alito Views - New York Times
Court Nominee Has Paper Trail Businesses Like - New York Times
Nominee Is Said to Question Church-State Rulings - New York Times
Just When You Thought it Was Safe ....

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