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Monday, October 31, 2005

The Alito Files

Think Progress has a nice roundup of Alito's peculiar judicial philosophy. Truly, a man who will capture the hearts of the neo-fascists.

From the predictable:

In his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito concurred with the majority in supporting the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980’s. Alito went further, however, saying the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. The Supreme Court later rejected Alito’s view, voting to reaffirm Roe v. Wade.

To the perverse:

In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home.

In short, Alito is just the sort of activist judge the right has been demanding.

UPDATE: I can't help but imagine how the Bush Republicans would react to a moderate or progressive judge who had defended the right to strip search (shouldn't that be a compound word?) ten year-old children. They'd already have an attack ad running on national television. "Joe Judiciary thinks the federal government has the right not only to see your children naked, but to run their jackbooted hands all over those lithe little pre-adolescent bodies. Joe Judiciary-- dangerous for the courts, and dangerous for America."

Make sure your senators aren't going to go all DLC on this nomination. Alito is a freak and an ideologue, and we have to fight. Here in Massachusetts, both senators have already spoken out against the nominee. Time to start writing letters, folks. Three Scalias on the court is three too many.