The Annotated Bobblehead Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

"Closely related to compelled speech and compelled association is compelled funding of the speech of other private speakers."
Knox v. SEIU (2012).
"The Sixth Amendment guarantees...'an impartial jury.' In my view, this requirement is satisfied so long as no biased juror is actually seated at trial." Skilling v. U.S. (2010) (Alito, J., concurring).
"When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it...did not define what it meant by 'the waters of the United States'...[u]nsurprisingly, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers interpreted the phrase as an essentially limitless grant of authority."
Sackett v. E.P.A. (2012) (Alito, J., concurring).
"This suit involves a tract of former crown land on Maui...."
Hawai'i v. O.H.A. (2009).
"Hair on the head is a more plausible place to hide contraband than a 1/2-inch beard — and the same is true of an inmate's clothing and shoes. Nevertheless, the Department does not require inmates to go about bald, barefoot, or naked." Holt v. Hobbs (2015). Gregory Holt was in the Cummins Unit of the Arkansas prison system, where the inmates' standard footwear was white athletic shoes.
"Because the ordinary meaning of 'interpreter' is someone who translates orally from one language to another, we hold that the category 'compensation of interpreters' in §1920(6) does not include costs for document translation."
Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. (2012).
Losing with class — the underappreciated art (and value) of a gentle civility in dissent:
I agree with many of Justice Sotomayor's criticisms of the plurality opinion. I also agree with The Chief Justice's critique of the plurality's suggestion that, when two halves of a statute "do not easily cohere with each other," an agency administering the statute is free to decide which half it will obey....While I, like Justice Sotomayor, would affirm the Court of Appeals, my justification for doing so differs somewhat from hers.
Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio (2014)(Alito, J., dissenting alone — referring to, inter alia, Sotomayor, J., joined by Thomas and Breyer, JJ., dissenting: "If today's baseball game is rained out, your ticket shall automatically be converted to a ticket for next Saturday's game, and you shall retain your free souvenir from today's game." — and prompting some readers, at least, to consider the merits of the collegial solo dissent).

Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Alito was born in 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Hamilton township. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1972. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps after his graduation from Princeton and attained the rank of Captain. In 1975, he graduated Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Alito clerked for Third Circuit appeals judge Leonard I. Garth in Newark, New Jersey in 1976 and 1977. After service as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Alito was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Alito to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the United States Supreme Court, and he was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 58-42.

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