Posts Tagged ‘Samuel Alito’

NRO’s Bench Memos on political connections of judicial nominees: ‘Federalist Society, No! La Raza, Si?’

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

NRO:

A commenter at the Weekly Standard Blog reminds us that the Democrats were very, very concerned about the association of John Roberts and Samuel Alito with that well-known extremist group, the Federalist Society.  So we know they’ll be equally interested in Judge Sotomayor’s past (and present?) association with La Raza, right?

History of judicial activism

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Bench Memos:

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—January 31 [Ed Whelan]

2006—Upon the Senate’s confirmation of Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination, Justice O’Connor’s July 2005 decision to retire from active service takes effect.  Plucked by President Reagan from the obscurity of an Arizona intermediate appellate court in 1981, O’Connor failed to live up to her early promise.  Averse to any judicial principle that would limit her discretion in future cases, O’Connor was notorious for her inconsistency.  Worse, in her last 15 years on the Court, she cast her vote for liberal judicial activist results in many major cases.  Her jurisprudential legacy consists primarily of the infinitely malleable and subjective standards that she concocted, such as her “endorsement” standard for review of Establishment Clause claims (a standard endorsed by no other justice) and her “undue burden” standard for abortion regulations.