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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Alito's First Supreme Court Decisions?

From Bench Memos at National Review Online -

At times, Alito followed the lead of the other three justices who sat with him in the front row. When Bush said "We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it," Thomas looked at Roberts, who looked at Breyer, who gave an approving shrug; all four gentlemen stood and gave unanimous applause.

At other times, Alito showed independence from his senior colleagues. When Bush delivered the stock line "The state of our union is strong," Alito dissented while the other three robed justices in the front row applauded. When Bush declared that "liberty is the right and hope of all humanity," Alito was the only member of the judicial quartet to provide his concurring applause.

It seemed from their frequent conferences that the justices had agreed on some ground rules: Any mention of Iraq or hot domestic disputes were off limits; broad appeals to patriotism were deemed applause-worthy. But there were disputes. When Bush said "We will never surrender to evil," the justices conferred briefly. Breyer shook his head, but Roberts overruled him, and Breyer reluctantly stood with his three colleagues.


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The justices sat stoically as the lawmakers battled over applause lines. But when Bush introduced the family of a soldier slain in Iraq and hailed "the sacrifices of America's military families," the justices did not need to consult. They rose and joined everybody else in the chamber in emotional applause.



Full story at Washington Post

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