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November 14, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
He held the gun aloft for the jurors to see and urged them to take it into the jury room. He dared them to try to "accidentally" fire the trigger on the 9-millimeter semiautomatic Beretta. It was 1987 and Samuel A. Alito Jr. was the new U.S. attorney in New Jersey. He was assembling a staff and running the office, administering the budget and assigning assistant prosecutors to handle the caseload. But he took this one for himself -- apparently the only time he has tried a case before a jury.
November 5, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Until a few days ago, the nearly decade-old case of Sheridan vs. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. was barely known outside legal circles. Now it is evidence in the battle over whether U.S. Appeals Court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. will gain a seat on the Supreme Court. It is one of several cases being cited by liberal groups as evidence that Alito holds little sympathy for workers who claim they were discriminated against by employers because of their race, sex or age.
November 26, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
If there is a sure winner in the cases decided by Samuel A. Alito Jr., it is freedom of religion -- any religion. During his 15 years as an appellate judge, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee has written decisions in favor of Muslim police officers in Newark, N.J., who wore beards; a Native American from Pennsylvania who raised sacred black bears; and a Jewish professor who said she was pushed out of her job for refusing to attend faculty events on Friday evenings and Saturdays, her Sabbath.
December 15, 2005 | From Reuters
The nation's largest labor federation and a coalition of groups that represent disabled Americans said Wednesday that they opposed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., describing him as a threat to worker and civil rights. The AFL-CIO and the National Coalition for Disability Rights criticized Alito's work as a federal appeals judge over the last 15 years, charging that he has often sided with employers over labor with an excessively restrictive view of federal law.
November 3, 2005 | David Levinson Wilk, DAVID LEVINSON WILK writes for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and has constructed crosswords for the L.A. Times, the New York Times and USA Today.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT this week that Samuel A. Alito Jr. is taking Harriet E. Miers' place as President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court should make it clear to everyone that his picks for the high court have nothing to do with the ideological makeup of the Supremes and everything to do with crossword puzzles. I mean, "Alito"? It's a fantastic name for crosswords -- a mere five letters long but brimming with regularly used consonants and vowels (and how generously alternating they are!).
January 15, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., who is poised to join the Supreme Court by the end of this month, is likely to have an immediate impact in the areas of abortion, religion and the death penalty. Alito's arrival also would set the stage for far-reaching changes in two areas of law that went almost unmentioned during his Senate hearings: election campaigns and the environment. Both issues are to come before the high court next month.
November 15, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. is having an effect on the Supreme Court before the Senate even takes up his nomination. The justices agreed Monday to hear a Pennsylvania prison officials' appeal -- based on a dissent by Alito -- challenging a ruling that said even the most disruptive and dangerous prison inmates were entitled to receive newspapers and magazines.
November 1, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed a $79.5-million verdict to punish cigarette-maker Philip Morris in a closely watched test of whether the justices will put strict limits on big jury awards. This is the most important case of the term for major corporations, which seek to limit such awards, and the outcome probably depends on President Bush's two appointees to the high court. Bush promised to pick justices in the "mold" of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
January 13, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Liberal groups pledged Thursday to expand their uphill campaign against Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., saying this week's hearings provided fuel for a sustained lobbying effort against his confirmation. Although opposition to John G. Roberts Jr., President Bush's choice as chief justice, had largely fizzled by the end of his testimony in September, the reverse appears to have happened with Alito, who completed his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
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