How Appealing

Monday, January 9, 2006

“Alito No Swinger, Face Reader Says”: A press release that you can access here begins, “Ever notice the huge change to Alito’s right ear since he was at Princeton? It’s ominous for Democrats, according to face reader Rose Rosetree. While at Princeton, Alito’s ear was out-angled–reminiscent of Supreme Court Justice Souter. But faces change over time more than most people realize, depending on inner choices, and Alito’s ear is now in-angled, suggesting more conservative and predictable choices, should he be appointed to America’s Highest Court.”

Posted at 11:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Detainee Case Hits on Limits of Presidency”: Tuesday in The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse will have an article that begins, “When the Supreme Court agreed two months ago to hear an appeal from a Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, named Salim Ahmed Hamdan, it was evident that an important test of the limits of presidential authority to conduct the war on terror was under way. Now that the final briefs have begun to arrive at the court, in advance of a late March argument, the dimensions of that test appear greater than ever.”

Posted at 11:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Alito Says Judges Shouldn’t Bring Agenda to Cases”: This article will appear Tuesday in The New York Times, along with an article headlined “Cheers Outside and Senators’ Lectures Inside.” In addition, Adam Liptak will have an article headlined “A Quick Focus on the Powers of a President.” A news analysis will carry the headline “Partisan Tenor of Alito Hearing Reflects a Quick Change in Washington.” And columnist John Tierney will have an op-ed entitled “Men’s Abortion Rights” (TimesSelect subscription required).

Tuesday’s edition of The Washington Post will contain a front page article headlined “Alito Stresses ‘Rule of Law’ in Opening Statement; Senate Questioning Of Supreme Court Pick Begins Today.” A news analysis will report that “Despite Advocacy, Nominee Not on Public’s Radar Screen.” And Dana Milbank’s “Washington Sketch” column will carry the headline “Bipartisan Agreement: Roberts Was Just Terrific.”

Maura Reynolds and David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times provide a news update headlined “Battle Lines Are Drawn at Opening of Alito Hearings.”

In Tuesday’s edition of The Chicago Tribune, Jan Crawford Greenburg will report that “Alito pledges to respect rule of law.”

In Tuesday’s edition of Financial Times, Patti Waldmeir reports that “Alito on defensive over political stance.” The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Evaluating Alito.”

Tuesday’s edition of The Telegraph (UK) reports that “Democrats attack White House ‘stooge’ Alito.”

Newsday on Tuesday will report that “Alito plays up humble roots.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch will report on Tuesday that “Judge’s obligation is to the rule of law, Alito tells senators.”’s Tony Mauro reports that “At Confirmation Hearing, Alito Says Judge Should Have No Agenda.”

The Daily Princetonian provides a news update headlined “Alito says his obligation is to ‘rule of law’; As senators stake out positions, nominee speaks publicly of his Princeton experience.”

This evening’s broadcast of the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” contained a segment entitled “The Alito Hearings” (transcript with link to audio).

In Tuesday’s edition of USA Today, Law Professor Jonathan Turley will have an op-ed entitled “Troubling times, a troubling nominee.”

And at, Walter Shapiro has an essay entitled “Boring, but not scary: Samuel Alito came across as wimpy, but he didn’t reveal any weird Bork-like tendencies; He’s well on his way to joining a rightward-leaning high court.”

Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Upholds Man’s Mandatory Sentence”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the mandatory 55-year prison sentence given to a man convicted of carrying a handgun during three marijuana deals. The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the sentence was constitutional because it reflected Congress’ intent to severely punish crimes involving drugs and guns.”

Today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in United States v. Weldon Angelos can be accessed here.

Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Most Popular Law Blogs”: In an unvarnished (but thus far successful) effort to become more popular, “Opinio Juris” provides this post.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that I’m not the anonymous editor of “Blawg Review.” It’s a relief having that confirmed.

Posted at 8:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bush’s nominee faces tough Senate grilling; Alito expected to gain supreme court place; Democrats attack views on privacy and abortion”: This article appears Tuesday in The Guardian (UK).

Jill Zuckman of The Chicago Tribune provides a news update headlined “Senators feel the pressure over Court nominee.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides a news update headlined “Feingold raises concerns about Alito.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides a news update headlined “Cornyn touts religious expression.”

And The Associated Press provides reports headlined “Schumer calls Alito record ‘quite extreme’” and “Lautenberg, Whitman give Alito warm introduction to committee.”

Posted at 8:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge ‘can’t have an agenda,’ Alito says on 1st day of hearings”: Stephen Henderson and James Kuhnhenn of Knight Ridder Newspapers provide this report.

Posted at 8:02 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from National Public Radio: This evening’s broadcast of “All Things Considered” contained segments entitled “Alito Begins High Court Confirmation Hearings” (featuring Nina Totenberg); “Analysis of Alito’s Confirmation Hearings” (featuring Law Professors Douglas Kmiec and Jeffrey Rosen); and “U.S. Wiretaps Program May Prompt Legal Appeals.”

And today’s broadcast of “Day to Day” contained segments entitled “Alito Confirmation Hearings Get Under Way” and “Politics with Ron Elving: Alito, DeLay.”

Posted at 8:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Analysis: Kaiser on Alito Hearings; First Day of Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito.” You can access here a transcript of an online chat hosted earlier this evening at

Posted at 7:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“Alito and the Ted Kennedy ‘Study’: The Democratic senator bases his charges on a very wobbly foundation.” National Review Online has just posted this essay by Byron York.

Posted at 2:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Create an e-annoyance, go to jail”: At c|net, Declan McCullagh has a report that begins, “Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.” Thanks to “Objective Justice” for the pointer.

Posted at 1:33 PM by Howard Bashman

Where to watch and read real-time coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Samuel A. Alito, Jr.: Although the hearing isn’t scheduled to begin until noon eastern time, C-SPAN‘s coverage is underway now. Click here to watch in RealPlayer. The committee’s live video feed is here (RealPlayer). And National Public Radio is also expected to stream online live audio coverage (update: here’s the link in RealPlayer format).

The Washington Post is promising live blogging here. The New York Times is also promising live blogging, but the link isn’t available yet (update: here’s the link). And “SCOTUSblog” is also promising to live-blog the hearings.

Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman

In commentary: The St. Petersburg Times today contains an editorial entitled “The Alito hearings: Judge Samuel Alito’s position on Roe vs. Wade should not be the focus of this week’s proceedings, but rather his views on executive power.”

The Dallas Morning News today contains an editorial entitled “Judge Alito’s Turn: Five questions for the Supreme Court nominee.”

The Des Moines Register contains an editorial entitled “Probe Alito’s views on the Constitution; Make hearings a national discussion of legal principles.”

The Mobile Register contains an editorial entitled “Liberals shame selves by tactics vs. Alito.”

The Austin American-Statesman contains an editorial entitled “Abortion isn’t the only issue.”

The Rocky Mountain News contains an editorial entitled “Alito personifies judicial restraint; Barring surprise, he deserves confirmation.”

The Denver Post contains an editorial entitled “Alito confirmation hearings.”

The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle contains an editorial entitled “Alito’s moment: Keep nasty politics away from Supreme Court hearings.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer contains an editorial entitled “Alito merits intense but fair hearings.”

The San Antonio Express-News contains an editorial entitled “Barring big shocker, Alito merits approval.”

The Palm Beach Post contains an editorial entitled “Awaiting Alito’s answers on wiretaps, voting rights.”

The Detroit News contains an editorial entitled “Alito shouldn’t apologize for being a conservative; Democrats threaten to demonize Bush’s court nominee.”

And The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette contains an amusing editorial entitled “Full court press: Sam Alito’s allies hit the hustings.”

Posted at 11:25 AM by Howard Bashman

Chat online at with Jo Becker and Dale Russakoff, the reporters who wrote that newspaper’s detailed, two-part profile of Judge Alito: The chat is scheduled to begin now and can be accessed here. The two-part profile, which began in yesterday’s newspaper and concludes in today’s, is available online at the following links: part one; part two.

Posted at 11:00 AM by Howard Bashman

The op-ed page of The New York Times has more questions for Alito than it had for Roberts: When the Senate Judiciary Committee was beginning its hearing on the nomination of John G. Roberts, Jr. to be Chief Justice of the United States, contributors to the newspaper’s op-ed page could only muster a total of twenty-five questions.

Today, by contrast, Third Circuit Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. awoke to a NYTimes op-ed page posing a total of “Thirty Questions for Alito.” Those thirty questions consist of: “Finality and Fallibility,” by Leonard A. Leo; “Your Beliefs, Your Decisions,” by Cheryl D. Mills; “Secrets Hidden in the Text,” by Kenji Yoshino; “Is America at War?,” by John Yoo; “Back to Bush v. Gore,” by Scott Turow; and “A Constitution of Contradictions,” by Stanley Fish.

Posted at 10:55 AM by Howard Bashman