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Alito Sworn in as 110th Supreme Court Justice (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jan, 31 2006 @ 03:28 PM
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Samuel Alito, Jr. has been sworn in as the 110th Supreme Court Justice. The vote followed party lines with only one Republican voting against him and only four Democrats voting for him. Alito's supporters have stated that he is both cautious and ever mindful of precedent. His detractors believe that he favors big business and will imperil abortion rights.
 



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Samuel A. Alito Jr., who has been widely praised for his intellect and integrity but both admired and assailed for his conservative judicial philosophy, was sworn in today as the 110th justice in the history of the Supreme Court.

The ceremony, at the Supreme Court, came shortly after Justice Alito was confirmed by a sharply divided Senate, which voted 58 to 42, largely along party lines. Legal scholars have described his jurisprudence as cautious, respectful of precedent — and solidly conservative. In contrast, the justice he will succeed, Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring, came to be widely regarded as a swing justice between the tribunal's liberal and conservative wings.

Justice Alito, who sat as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for some 15 years, is only 55, so he could be on the Supreme Court for decades. He becomes the second relatively young conservative to ascend to the court in recent months. Last fall, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who turned 51 on Friday, replaced William H. Rehnquist, who died in early September.


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As many have noted, Supreme Court Justices sometimes turn out to be the polar opposites of what their supporters and detractors expect them to be, so it very well may be that those who are most vocal in their disapproval of Alito's appointment may come to admire him. I hope that doesn't happen. I would prefer that Alito does what I feel is most important and eschews partisan politics to interpret the Constitution in the strictest possible sense and thereby fail to gratify the extremists on either side of the aisle. The nation deserves no less than a fair and objective judiciary.

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[edit on 2006/1/31 by GradyPhilpott]




 
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