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Samuel Alito, Senate confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nomination, January 2006 (plus commentary)


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    John Roberts: Roe v. Wade is more than settled as precedent.
    Jon Kyl: Nominees should not reveal pre-determined positions on Roe.
    Lindsey Graham: Ginsburg would get rejected today for outspokenness on Roe.
    Richard Durbin: Troubled that Alito 1985 memo shows closed mind on abortion.
    Richard Durbin: Doesn’t condemn converts to pro-choice, since he did.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Government should fund abortion and childbirth equally.
    Samuel Alito: Stare decisis is first step; then an open mind on abortion.
    Samuel Alito: Was against Roe in 1985, but a lot has happened since then.
    Samuel Alito: Roe v Wade is important precedent but not settled law.
Civil Rights
    Jeff Sessions: Banning the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional.
    Mike DeWine: Disturbed by “free speech zones” in public arena.
    Sam Brownback: Robustly religious public square better than naked square.
    Samuel Alito: Overturning separate-but-equal OK despite 60-year precedent.
    Samuel Alito: Treat religious speech equally with secular speech.
    Samuel Alito: Racial profiling violates the 4th Amendment.
    Samuel Alito: I joined CAP to defend ROTC, not to keep out minorities.
    Ted Kennedy: Alito joined CAP when CAP’s racism was in the news.
    Samuel Alito: Privacy is a question of interpretation of the Constitution.
    Samuel Alito: The Constitution protects a right to privacy.
    Samuel Alito: The President has to comply with statutes that are passed.
Corporations
    Samuel Alito: Bundling goods to large purchasers is not monopolistic.
Crime
    Russell Feingold: Death penalty defendants often don’t get adequate counsel.
    Russell Feingold: Alito votes more pro-death penalty than most GOP judges.
    Samuel Alito: Overruled by Supreme Court on death penalty adequate counsel.
    Samuel Alito: Congress limits judicial review of death penalty cases.
Education
    Joe Biden: Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities.
    Sam Brownback: Stare decisis would have upheld separate-but-equal.
Environment
    Dianne Feinstein: Citizens need standing to sue under Clean Water Act.
    Samuel Alito: Citizens can only sue under CWA if they suffered injury.
    Samuel Alito: Ruling on standing is not ruling against the environment.
Foreign Policy
    Tom Coburn: Justices citing foreign law is bad behavior.
    Samuel Alito: Don’t look to foreign law for civil rights interpretation.
Government Reform
    Jeff Sessions: Supreme Court exceeds its authority and needs reining in.
    Samuel Alito: Over-reaching by Court undermines respect for law.
    Samuel Alito: No one is above the law and no one is beneath the law.
    Samuel Alito: Supports one-person-one-vote within a deviation of 10%.
    Samuel Alito: Supports stare decisis--following prior precedents.
    Samuel Alito: Executive power issues are not often resolved by the court.
    Samuel Alito: Constitution is a living thing, with unchanging principles.
    Arlen Specter: Nominees only answer as many questions as they have to.
    Patrick Leahy: Justices should effectively check government overreaching.
    Richard Durbin: Justices should not restrict our rights and freedoms.
Health Care
    Samuel Alito: Ok to refuse medical treatment; but assisted suicide not ok.
Homeland Security
    Patrick Leahy: Bush thinks anti-torture statue doesn’t apply to him.
    Samuel Alito: President can be challenged for not following Congress’ laws.
    Samuel Alito: Government needs to justify domestic spying.
    Ted Kennedy: All-powerful executive branch is genuinely troubling.
Immigration
    Herbert Kohl: Alito sided against immigrants 88% of the time.
    Samuel Alito: Voted against immigrants because Congress set law that way.
Principles & Values
    Arlen Specter: Senate speaks to entire Supreme Court during hearings.
    Charles Schumer: Alito responds, but doesn’t really answer questions.
    Samuel Alito: Pledge of recusal does not last for 12 years.
    Samuel Alito: Constitution doesn’t change but the factual situations do.
    Samuel Alito: All the courts should be insulated from public opinion.
    Charles Schumer: Nominees must prove they’re not extreme.
    John Cornyn: Justices should respect law, not impose political agendas.
    Samuel Alito: 1960s Princeton: “privileged people behaving irresponsibly”.
    Samuel Alito: Good judges can change their minds during a case.
    Samuel Alito: Attorneys want results; judges want only the rule of law.
    Samuel Alito: Pledges to administer justice without respect to persons.
Social Security
    Samuel Alito: Disability benefits apply if job category dissapears.
Technology
    Arlen Specter: Supreme Court proceedings should be televised.
    Samuel Alito: Voted to televise 3rd Circuit court.
War & Peace
    Samuel Alito: President does not have a blank check in time of war.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jeff Sessions: Eminent domain for private development is Court over-reach.
    Samuel Alito: Eminent domain affects emotions, not just money.


The above quotations are from Samuel Alito, Senate confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nomination, January 2006 (plus commentary).

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