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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Alito The Favorite Of Liberal Colleagues

Betsy Newmark has an excellent post about liberal colleagues of Alito's:
Former federal Judge Timothy K. Lewis said that when he joined the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in 1992, he consulted his mentor, Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. The late Higginbotham, a legendary liberal and a scholar of U.S. racial history, was the only other black judge on the Philadelphia-based court at the time.

"As he was going down the roster of colleagues, he got to Sam Alito. I expressed some concern about [him] being so conservative. He said, 'No, no. Sam Alito is my favorite judge to sit with on this court. He is a wonderful judge and a terrific human being. Sam Alito is my kind of conservative. He is intellectually honest. He doesn't have an agenda. He is not an ideologue,' " Higginbotham said, according to Lewis.

"I really was surprised to hear that, but my experience with him on the 3rd Circuit bore that out," added Lewis, who had a liberal record during his seven years on the bench. "Alito does not have an agenda, contrary to what the Republican right is saying about him being a 'home run.' He is not result-oriented. He is an honest conservative judge who believes in judicial restraint and judicial deference."
Over at Betsy's there is a link to an LA Times article with more detail and many more liberals testifying in Alito's defense, and don't skip the comments. The libbies are getting desperate already. This is a done deal and they are starting to realize it.

On the other hand, those conservatives who think the man is just going to rewrite precedent will be vastly disappointed. Unless there is a clear contradiction of the law involved in a decision, Justice Alito won't overturn it. So in that sense, he is not a bad deal at all for the Dems. Miers would have been more revolutionary.

he has also been chastised several times by his collegues because he does not follow precident (in decisions even). They feel he does not give enough weight to it.
Shame on you (I was going to say, 'You Bitch!' for effect, but decided against it)!!

A black liberal judge acknowledging intellectual honesty ina conservative judge- and he likes him to boot!

Damn you!
Oh, sure. Call me a bitch. The LA Times wrote the article.
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