January 12, 2006
Re "Alito Tells Skeptical Democrats He Would Keep an Open Mind," Jan. 11 Listening to Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s confirmation hearings, I find it hard to reconcile the centrist views of his testimony with the hard-right tenor of the paper trail he long ago began accumulating as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Reagan administration. I have also listened attentively to his explanations of controversial positions he took as an appellate judge in case after case. Even when Alito was the lone dissenter, as he often seemed to be, his answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding those extremely conservative opinions seemed designed to ward off the merest suggestion that he is, in fact, anything but Sandra Day O'Connor's rightful heir to the swing seat on the Supreme Court.
November 16, 2005
Re "Old Job Forum, New Questions," Nov. 15 We should cut Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. a break on the antiabortion statement in his Reagan job application. Most people will lie to get a better job. Wait, he's now applying for a great job. Never mind. DAVID DIETRICH Temecula We need a moderate to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Revelations so far show that Alito is far out of the mainstream. DOROTHY REIK Topanga Freedom of choice is enshrined in the Constitution.
November 1, 2005 |
IMMEDIATELY AFTER President Bush nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Organization for Women sent out a nationwide "action alert" announcing that it is "ready for the fight" against Alito, and that he "opposes our rights." Planned Parenthood also wasted no time before blasting the nomination, saying that Alito had shown "callous disregard of battered women." How did Alito do these terrible things?
November 2, 2005
Re "Conservatives Cheer Court Nominee," Nov. 1 Never has there been so much celebration over a nominee to the bench. This alone should send up a red flag. The fact that conservatives are preening and slapping each other on the back proves they believe federal appeals court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. will actively advance a certain agenda. What happened to judicial restraint? The discussion on this nomination is not about any narrow issue. Democrats and uneasy Republicans must move toward the greater issue of an activist Supreme Court that advances the views of a particular constituency versus a court that respects the law of the land.
January 23, 2006
Re "Democrats Poised Against Alito," Jan. 19 It was heartening to read that most Democratic senators oppose the confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. They should, however, use this momentum to mount a filibuster. His rulings over the last 15 years clearly indicate that he is way to the right of mainstream America. His record refutes the decades of progress made in the courts on behalf of privacy, civil rights and control of corporations. This is the time for the Democrats to stand together and demonstrate that Alito is the wrong choice for the Supreme Court.
November 16, 2012 |
I have a soft spot for the Federalist Society, the 30-year-old organization of conservative and libertarian lawyers and law students that is part debating society, part employment agency for would-be judges and government lawyers (but only if they're interested in serving in Republican administrations or clerking for conservative judges). The discussions at FedSoc meetings are stimulating, and there is usually at least one liberal on every panel -- just as the FedSoc's liberal copycat , the American Constitution Society, finds room for conservatives on its panels.