Alito confirmation prompts mixed reactions Andrew Wood at 3:34 PM ET
[JURIST] Tuesday's confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] as the 110th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States has predictably prompted mixed reactions. President Bush congratulated Alito [text] in a statement, once again calling him "a brilliant and fair-minded judge who strictly interprets the Constitution and laws and does not legislate from the bench" and concluding that "...he will make all Americans proud as a Justice on our highest court." A spokesperson for the conservative Family Research Council [advocacy website] hailed the Alito appointment a turning point, putting America on "a course true to our founders' intent." Progressive groups were disappointed, however. The executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) [advocacy website] called the Senate vote "a political appointment railroaded through under extreme protest." Taking an environmental perspective, Earthjustice [official website] said Alito's appointment poses an immediate threat to the protection of America's drinking water, creeks, streams and wetlands. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.