Everyone's talking about Alito
From clerk to assistant US attorney
Working for Reagan
Alito has long been against abortion
A conservative among liberals
Scalito
Backed by Bush
Democratics were skeptic of Alito
Praised for his
Confirmed
The Supreme Court
Against abortion and for firearms
Not a fan of same-sex marriage or birth control
72 year-old veteran of the courts
Known for his anti-abortion views for a long time
The leaked draft
Draft confirmed as authentic
Nothing is set in stone
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Everyone's talking about Alito

Born in 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey, Justice Samuel Alito grew up in an Italian Catholic family outside of Trenton. After attending Princeton University and Yale Law School, he worked for a Trenton-based law firm.

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From clerk to assistant US attorney

From 1976 to 1977, he then worked as a clerk for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Then from 1977 to 1981, he served as assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey.

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Working for Reagan

After a move to Washington, D.C., Alito served in the Ronald Reagan administration as assistant to the solicitor general (1981–85) and as deputy assistant attorney general (1985–87).

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Alito has long been against abortion

Alito's stance on abortion was exposed clearly in a memo he wrote during his time at the Justice Department in 1985. The memo outlined how the Reagan administration should approach its stance on limiting abortion, Alito wrote, "We should make clear that we disagree with Roe v. Wade and would welcome the opportunity to brief the issue of whether, and if so to what extent, that decision should be overruled."

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A conservative among liberals

Samuel Alito was appointed to the Third Circuit in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, where he became known for his conservative points of view in a very liberal district. Alito tended to favor the right of states and of religion when voicing his opinions.

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Scalito

This earned Alito the nickname of "Scalito," as many saw similarities, albeit Alito was quieter and more measured, to Justice Antonin Scalia. Compared to Justice Scalia, Alito tended to focus more on the procedure, his writing style was simple, and he avoided political rhetoric.

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Backed by Bush

In 2005 President George W. Bush nominated Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor in the Supreme Court. The more liberal members of Congress at the time of Alito's confirmation were concerned that the conservative Judge would push the Court in a far more conservative direction.

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Democratics were skeptic of Alito

Skeptics of Alito were worried that his opinions would limit the criminally accused's rights, harm historically disadvantaged groups such as women and minorities, and unduly accommodate executive power.

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Praised for his "even-temperment"

However, during Senate hearings on his nomination, Alito was praised for his even temperament, intelligence, and character, described by senators as "even-tempered," "fair-minded," and "honest."

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Confirmed

While the criticism of Alito may have had him sweating, the Republican Senate had no difficulties amassing the 60 votes needed for cloture. As a result, on January 31, 2006, Alito was confirmed by a vote of 58 to 42.

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The Supreme Court

Once Alito was in the Supreme Court, he became a reliable conservative, tending to vote in agreement with Republican-appointed justices with a much higher frequency than with Democratic-appointed justices, most notable in those cases which were not decided unanimously.

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Against abortion and for firearms

For example, Alito voted in favor of Gonzales v. Carhart in 2007, which upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Later in 2008, he voted in favor of the District of Columbia v. Heller, which established that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms.

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Not a fan of same-sex marriage or birth control

In addition, Alito also wrote dissents against same-sex marriage. In 2014 Alito was the author of the majority opinion, which allowed the U.S. craft store chain Hobby Lobby and other Christian-run businesses to receive a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

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72 year-old veteran of the courts

Alito is now 72 years of age and a veteran of the courts. Law professors such as Professor John Culhane of Widener University Delaware College of law say that even before Alito joined the Supreme Court, he was well known for his conservative point of view.

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Known for his anti-abortion views for a long time

Professor Culhane told the Phildelphia Inquirer, "Even before Alito ascended to the Supreme Court he had developed a reputation, not only in constitutional law, as somebody with a very conservative, very much antiabortion viewpoint, and not once has he since being selected for the Supreme Court expressed anything but antipathy for the decision in (Planned Parenthood v.)Casey."

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The leaked draft

Alito has been all over the news due to an extraordinary breach of protocol - a draft of a majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, written by Alito, was leaked to Politico.

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Draft confirmed as authentic

The draft that was leaked has since been declared to be authentic by Chief Justice Roberts. The Alito's draft indicated that a majority of justices had voted to overturn two historic Supreme Court rulings that had established and affirmed the constitutional right to obtain an abortion: Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992).

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Nothing is set in stone

However, it should be noted that the opinion published by Politico is labeled "1st Draft," — so it appears to be Alito's sole vision. In order for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, Alito must hold together at least a majority; however, a 6-3 supermajority would be optimal. The Supreme Court's final decision on the matter will most likely be released within the next two months.

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