Jan 31 2006

SHELBY COMMENDS CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE SAMUEL ALITO

By a vote of 58 - 42, Judge Samuel Alito was confirmed today by the United States Senate to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) voted to confirm Judge Alito.

“I am proud to join so many of my colleagues in support of Justice Samuel Alito. Justice Alito’s education, legal training, and judicial experience make him a great choice for the high court. He is a fair and impartial jurist, and I am confident that he will be an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court,” Senator Shelby concluded.

Before the vote, Senator Shelby made the following statement: “Mr. President, I rise today to support the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”

“Judge Alito’s education, legal training, and judicial record have positioned him well to serve our nation with honor and dignity on the Supreme Court. A graduate of Princeton and Yale, Judge Alito has more than thirty years of legal experience. Over the years, he has served as a judicial clerk, a prosecutor, an appellate lawyer before both the U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as Legal Counsel to the United States Government and most recently as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District. Judge Alito has a full breadth of experience in both criminal and civil cases as well as the trial and appeals phases of the judicial system.”

“I believe Judge Alito’s record on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District shows that he is a fair and impartial jurist. During his tenure on that court it has been clear that he takes all legal theories and arguments into account when making decisions and issuing rulings. Judge Alito is well respected by his colleagues and has even received their praise for the manner and tone he takes in working through the facts to arrive at a decision. I do not recall anyone questioning his ability to do the job and in fact, he received a unanimous “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, its highest rating.”

“While many have criticized Judge Alito’s supposed judicial philosophy, I believe that his written decisions and statements as well as his appearance before the Judiciary Committee confirmed his ability to set personal views and ideology aside so as to not cloud his interpretation of the law. I commend Judge Alito for his poise and composure throughout one of the most arduous hearings in recent memory.”

“The time has come for Congress and the President to serve as a check on the judicial activism that has become so prevalent in the Judiciary today. I believe that we must have judges that interpret the Constitution and the law rather than manipulate it to meet their personal ideologies. Judge Alito fits that mold.”

“Mr. President, I am proud to support Judge Alito and look forward to him becoming the next Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court,” Senator Shelby concluded.