The First Amendment, I think, is the jewel of our Constitution.— Samuel Alito
The most tremendous Samuel Alito quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.
I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.
The most important quality for a judge is open- mindedness to the arguments.
I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.
Good judges develop certain habits of mind.
One of those habits of mind is the habit of delaying reaching conclusions until everything has been considered.
In an era where the White House is abusing power, is excusing and authorizing torture and is spying on American citizens, I find Judge [Samuel] Alito's support for an all-powerful executive branch to be genuinely troubling.
Our country as a whole, no less than the Hastings College of Law, values tolerance, cooperation, learning, and the amicable resolution of conflicts. But we seek to achieve those goals through "[a] confident pluralism that conduces to civil peace and advances democratic consensus-building," not by abridging First Amendment rights.
In order to have a society in which public issues can be openly and vigorously debated, it is not necessary to allow the brutalization of innocent victims.
When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account.
Private religious speech can't be discriminated against.
It has to be treated equally with secular speech.
A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case.
The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation - is to the rule of law.
I have been committed to carrying out my duties.
.. in accordance with both the letter and spirit of all applicable rules of ethics and canons of conduct.
One of the most solemn responsibilities of the president and it's set out expressly in the Constitution is that the president is to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, and that means the Constitution. It means statutes. It means treaties. It means all of the laws of the United States.
I want to commend the [Federalist] Society for bringing together the best minds from right, left, and center to debate the most pressing legal issues of the day.
If I'm confirmed, I'll be myself.
Under the president's spying program, there are no checks and balances.
There is no outside review of the legality of this brazen infringement on the civil rights and liberties of the American people. Undeterred by the public outcry, the president [George Bush] vows to continue spying on American citizens.
When I was growing up, we always had a big family dinner at around noon on Sunday. I still love that whenever it is possible to gather the family together.
I'm not any kind of a bigot, I'm not.
I can still remember the day, as an assistant U.
S. attorney, when I stood up in court for the first time and I proudly said, "My name is Samuel Alito and I represent the United States in this court." It was a great honor for me to have the United States as my client during all of those years.
Many people have been positive influences in my life.
My parents, whom I mentioned, were the most important, but many of my teachers were also a big help to me.
My mother worked for more than a decade before marrying.
She went to New York City to get a master's degree. And she continued to work as a teacher and a principal until she was forced to retire.Both she and my father instilled in my sister and me a deep love of learning.
A generation earlier, I think that somebody from my background probably would not have felt fully comfortable at a college like Princeton. But, by the time I graduated from high school, things had changed.
I have been shaped by the experiences of the people who are closest to me, by the things I've learned from [my wife] Martha, by my hopes and my concerns for my children, Philip and Laura, by the experiences of members of my family, who are getting older, by my sister's experiences as a trial lawyer in a profession that has traditionally been dominated by men.
You want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cellphones or the Internet?
All of my grandparents came to the United States from Italy during the early years of the 20th century. I believe that my grandparents came here to take advantage of the opportunities furnished by a growing country with an open society.
When I became a judge, I stopped being a practicing attorney.
And that was a big change in role.The role of a practicing attorney is to achieve a desirable result for the client in the particular case at hand. But a judge can't think that way. A judge can't have any agenda, a judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case and a judge certainly doesn't have a client.
When I had my confirmation hearing for the Court of Appeals, [my son] Philip was 3 years old. And when I was called up to the chair he took it upon himself to run up and sit next to me in case any hard questions came up.
I attended the public schools.And I have happy memories and strong memories of those days and good memories of the good sense and the decency of my friends and my neighbors.
When I was sworn in as a judge of the court of appeals, I took an oath.
I put my hand on the Bible and I swore that I would administer justice without respect to persons, that I would do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I would carry out my duties under the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
As I mentioned, things were particularly hard during the Depression.
My paternal grandfather was frequently out of work, and the family was evicted from their home.
After law school, I had the opportunity to clerk for a tremendous judge, Leonard I. Garth, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the court to which I was appointed in 1990.
I learned that hard work and self-discipline can overcome many obstacles.
I had the good fortune to begin my legal career as a law clerk for a judge who really epitomized open-mindedness and fairness. He read the record in detail in every single case that came before me; he insisted on scrupulously following precedents.
I know from my own experience as a parent that parents probably teach most powerfully not through their words but through their deeds. And my parents taught me through the stories of their lives. And I don't take any credit for the things that they did or the things that they experienced, but they made a great impression on me.
My mother is a first generation American.
Her father worked in the Roebling Steel Mill in Trenton, New Jersey.And yet my mother became the first person in her family to get a college degree.
When I entered college, I thought that I wanted to be a lawyer, but by the time I was set to graduate, I was not too sure of that.
My grandparents came worked hard, and I believe they never regretted their decision to come here and make a new start.
My parents grew up in poor families where little English was spoken, they both went to college and became teachers. They believed that anything was possible with hard work, and they particularly stressed the importance of education. They instilled that same belief in my sister and me.
I know that some poor immigrants from that era had unrealistic expectations and were disappointed, but I don't think my grandparents were disappointed at all, even though they experienced some very hard times during the Great Depression.
If settled means that it cant be re-examined, thats one thing.
If settled means that it is a precedent that is entitled to respect then it is a precedent that is protected.
I have been a judge for 15 years and I've made up my own mind during all that time.
If you want know what sort of a justice I would make, then look at what sort of a judge I have been.
I think that Congress' ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary.
Part of me wanted to get a graduate degree in political science.
Had I done that, I suppose I would have become a college professor.
This was a time of great intellectual excitement for me.
Both college and law school opened up new worlds of ideas.
I think that what my parents taught me about hard work, optimism and education still holds true.
It's been a great honor for me to spend my career in public service.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been a pioneer, and her dedicated service on the Supreme Court will never be forgotten. And the people of the country certainly owe her a great debt for the service that she has provided.
I am deeply honored to have been nominated for a position on the Supreme Court.
And I an humbled to have been nominated for the seat that is now held by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.