Alito outlines possible conservative agenda for U.S. high court – IOTW Report

Alito outlines possible conservative agenda for U.S. high court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday laid out a possible agenda for the U.S. Supreme Court if it regains its conservative majority as expected after Donald Trump takes office, citing gun rights and religious freedom as among key issues it will tackle in the coming years.

Alito, one of the court’s two most conservative justices along with Clarence Thomas, pointed to freedom of speech and a disruption of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers caused by federal agencies expanding their authority at the expense of the U.S. Congress as other “constitutional fault lines” that could come before the court.

Speaking at a meeting of the Federalist Society, a group of conservative lawyers, Alito paid tribute to Antonin Scalia, the conservative justice who died in February. Senate Republicans, in an action with little precedent in U.S. history, refused to act on Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia, Merrick Garland, in the hope that a Republican would win the Nov. 8 presidential election and make the appointment.

Trump, a Republican who takes office on Jan. 20, is set to make the pick, which would restore a fifth conservative vote on the nine-seat court that currently is evenly split with four liberals and four conservatives.

On freedom of speech, Alito, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush in 2006, referred to college campus culture that conservatives say stifles free speech to avoid offending political sensibilities on matters such as gender, race and religion.

He also pointed to support among liberals to limit political spending. Democrats have condemned the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling, with Alito in the majority, that allowed unlimited spending by corporations and unions in political advocacy. The Supreme Court has said political spending is a form of protected speech under the Constitution’s First Amendment.  read more


10 Comments on Alito outlines possible conservative agenda for U.S. high court

  1. Finally..It will be decided that islam is a cult and Not a religion.
    Then all of the moozlum bastards can be rounded up and jailed or kicked out of America.

  2. Kennedy – AGE: 80
    Thomas – 68
    Ginsburg – almost 84
    Breyer – 78
    Roberts – almost 62 (I know, but I can *dream*)
    Alito – 66
    SotoTaco – 62
    ALesbo Kagan – 56

  3. After all her political activism off bench against the President Elect, Ginsburg doesn’t belong on the bench anymore, as she is no longer neutral, and hence disqualified. SCOTUS members are to remain above political rhetoric and neutral. Per the CODE of CONDUCT FOR UNITED STATES JUDGES, Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain From Political Activity …. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct. Some think it is ok to spout off like Ruthie did, but it is considered bad form, especially for justices of the US SUPREME COURT to do so publicly, in the media, trying to influence a national election. The SCOTUS members are held to a much higher standard, and she KNOWS it.

  4. TO Southwesterner

    “Code of Conduct”?!?
    Laws, SHMAWs…we’re talkin’ Leftists On A Mission here!

  5. First thing, Trump has to kill obama’s insane rules on gender confused children and gender mentally ill adults. He can do this in the first 5 minutes. Then the full court has to back him up, kill it with fire.

  6. The first thing the Court needs to do is to understand that a law becomes a law by passing BOTH Houses of Congress and then be signed by the President.
    Until these things happen, whatever it is, it isn’t a LAW.

    Thus, both the abortion and the homosexual marriage “rulings” do NOT constitute LAW.

    PERIOD.

    izlamo delenda est …

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