January 25, 2006

Getting it straight.

One of the more egregious distortions from today’s Alito floor statements:

    Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): “I explained how a recent Supreme Court decision has frightened many of our constituents who fear that their homes can now be seized by the government to make way for a private developer's project. And while he expressed sympathy for the parties whose homes had been seized in this personal meeting with him he offered no misgivings about the legal reasoning that led to that outcome.”

    Response: Hellooo? It was the court’s LIBERAL BLOC that made that decision! If Alito is anywhere close to the court’s conservative axis, he will likely favor STRONGER property rights.
And one of the better clarifications:

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): “At Judge Alito's hearing, the senator from New York cited a few cases in which colleagues disagreed with how he treated the court's prior decisions…. What the senator from New York never said was that Judge Alito dissented in just 79 of the more than 5,000 cases in which he participated. Seventy-nine. That's a rate below the average for appeals court judges around the country. Something else the senator from New York has not revealed is that Judge Alito has voted to overturn his own court's precedents just four times in his whole 15 years on the bench. Just four times. And in each of those cases in which all the judges of the circuit participate, judge Alito is in the majority and two of them were unanimous. In each of those cases, he was in the majority and two of them had a unanimous majority.”

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