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On January 31, 2006, after serving for more than 15 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. joined the U.S. Supreme Court as its 110th member. Alito's confirmation process was a contentious one, and came only after President George W. Bush's first nominee, White House Counsel Harriet Myers, withdrew herself from consideration because of criticism that she was unqualified...[ OYEZ ]

Supreme Court rules for police in fatal car chase
May 27, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed by....... [more]

US Supreme Court justice issues order halting Missouri execution
May 21, 2014
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order Tuesday evening halting the execution of Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew. Bucklew's attorneys have asked courts to stay the execution because of Bucklew's medical conditions. According to an affidavit from Dr. Joel B. Zivot, an Assistant Profess....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on faulty plea bargain advice
November 5, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Burt v. Titlow that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did not apply an appropriate standard of review when it ruled that counsel was ineffective. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, explaining that, in the context of a prisoner asking a federal c....... [more]

Supreme Court narrows scope of Title VII for employment discrimination claims
June 24, 2013
The US Supreme Court on Monday released two opinions that narrow the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, holding that an employer will only be held vicariously liable for an employee's discriminatory conduct if the employee's behavior ends in a tangible employment action against the....... [more]

Justice O'Connor retired from US Supreme Court
July 1, 2012
On July 1, 2005, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the US Supreme Court. On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Supreme Court as the first ever female Supreme Court Justice. She was succeeded by Justice Samuel Alito. Justice O'Connor's voting record typ....... [more]

President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to Supreme Court
October 3, 2011
On October 3, 2005, President George Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Miers faced ideological criticism from conservative activist groups, frustrated questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committe....... [more]

Supreme Court ruled Second Amendment applies to states
June 28, 2011
On June 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to bear arms applicable to the states as well as the federal government. The case arose over a Chicago ordinance which effectively banned the p....... [more]

Supreme Court rules evidence not excluded when law changes between search and trial
June 16, 2011
The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 7-2 in Davis v. United States that when the law for what constitutes a legal search changes between a search and an accompanying trial, the evidence is not excluded. Justice Samuel Alito's opinion states that because suppression of the evidence would do nothing....... [more]

US Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito
January 31, 2011
On January 31, 2006, the US Senate voted 58-42 to approve the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to serve as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Alito replaced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who had announced her retirement the previous July. Th....... [more]

Stevens court left open issue of compelling state interest in preventing animal cruelty
April 22, 2010
Matthew Liebman: The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in defense of 18 U.S.C. Section 48, so we are obviously disappointed by the Court's opinion in United States v. Stevens. Nevertheless, we are heartened by Justice Alito's dissent and the way in which the majority ch....... [more]

Supreme Court rules third parties may intervene in Carolina water dispute
January 20, 2010
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in South Carolina v. North Carolina that the Catawba River Water Supply Project (CRWSP), and Duke Energy Carolinas may intervene in the water dispute between the two states, but that the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, may not. A special master recommended....... [more]


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