THE Samuel A. Alito Jr.

By Brandon Perez, Nathan Starks, and Tillman Hall

About Him: Samuel Alito Jr. was born on . He started by serving as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976 to 1977. He then got promoted and began to actually work with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. He was later nominated for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by former President George W. Bush. This led to him becoming an official justice on the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006.

Judicial Ideology: Samuel Alito is the most pro-corporate Justice in the Supreme Court. He is also a more conservative individual, but to an extent.

Significant Cases:

  • In the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1999), he was the only one in favor of a law which required spouses to be notified of abortions.
  • In the case of Fatin v. INS, agreed with the majority in that an Iranian woman seeking asylum could establish eligibility by showing that she had an abhorrence with her country's "gender specific laws and repressive social norms".
  • In the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, where the question was "Can an unwed non-custodial parent block an adoption via the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)?". The court rule 5-4 in favor of the adoptive parents and ruled that the ICWA did no apply when the parent never had physical or legal custody of the child.
  • In the case of Snyder v. Phelps involving the right to free speech and the Westboro Baptist Church, Alito was the sole dissenter and stated that "free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case."