Monday, October 31, 2005

Cliff Notes for Alito

Be wary of Alito. This from the Center for American Progress's daily Progress Report:

SUPREME COURT
Samuel Alito's America

ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE: 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 1980s. 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 and also voted to reaffirm Roe v. Wade. [Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey,
1991]

ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION: Alito
dissented from a decision in favor of a Marriott Hotel manager who said she had been discriminated against on the basis of race. The majority explained that Alito would have protected racist employers by “immuniz[ing] an employer from the reach of Title VII if the employer’s belief that it had selected the ‘best’ candidate was the result of conscious racial bias.” [Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997]

ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) "guarantees most workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a loved one." The 2003 Supreme Court ruling upholding FMLA [Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003] essentially reversed a 2000 decision by Alito which found that Congress exceeded its power in passing the law. [Chittister v.
Department of Community and Economic Development
, 2000]

ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES: In Doe v. Groody, Alito argued 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. [Doe v. Groody, 2004]

1 comment:

Joe Schlieff said...

You didn't read Doe vs Groody did you?
When you say that he approves of unauthorized strip searches, you make it sound like cops walked up to someone and made them take their clothes off...not that officers conducted a drug bust at a residence and forthwith searched all occupants therein. Reading the documents you linked, it is crystal clear that the officers were acting in a sensible fashion. Sensible is the keyword here. It sounds to me that Samuel Alito is concerned with an officer's ability to do his job. This documentation should be linked to a column on why you shouldn't marry drug dealers/deal drugs.

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