Posted at 5:40 AM ET, 02/ 2/2006

Alito's First Day

Gina Holland of AP reports:

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito split with the court's conservatives in a death penalty case on his first day on the court.

Handling his first case, Alito sided with five other justices Wednesday evening in refusing to allow Missouri to execute inmate Michael Taylor.

  Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas supported lifting the an execution stay issued by an appeals court, but Alito sided with the majority in turning down Missouri's last-minute request to allow a midnight execution.

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Posted at 5:23 PM ET, 02/ 1/2006

Swearing In at the White House

Justice Samuel Alito was officially sworn in yesterday at the Supreme Court. But today the ceremonial swearing in was held at the White House, with President Bush and a number of government officials in attendance.

Here is the official White House transcript of comments by Bush and Alito:

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Posted at 5:22 PM ET, 02/ 1/2006

Video: Alito Sworn in at White House

Click below to watch the video:

In an offical ceremony Wednesday, Samuel A. Alito Jr. was sworn in as the 110th United States Supreme Court Justice.

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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 02/ 1/2006

New Circuit Assignments for Justices

The Supreme Court, in this order, has reshuffled the circuits among the justices as follows:

District of Columbia Circuit--Chief Justice Roberts

First Circuit--Justice Souter.

Second Circuit--Justice Ginsburg

Third Circuit--Justice Souter

Fourth Circuit--CJ Roberts

Fifth Circuit-Justice Scalia

Sixth Circuit-Justice Stevens

Seventh Circuit--Justice Stevens

Eighth Circuit--Justice Alito

Ninth Circuit--Justice Kennedy

Tenth Circuit--Justice Breyer

Eleventh Circuit--Justice Thomas

Federal Circuit--CJ Roberts

The circuit justice receives and decides emergency petitions--for such matters as stays of execution--from his or her assigned circuit.

Click here for a map of the circuits.

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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 01/31/2006

President's Statement

The White House released this statement by President Bush after the Senate vote:

I am pleased that the Senate has voted to confirm Judge Sam Alito as the 110th Justice of the Supreme Court. Sam Alito is a brilliant and fair-minded judge who strictly interprets the Constitution and laws and does not legislate from the bench. He is a man of deep character and integrity, and he will make all Americans proud as a Justice on our highest court. The son of an Italian immigrant, Judge Alito's appointment to the Supreme Court is the realization of the American dream for this good man and his family. I congratulate Judge Alito, his wife Martha, the Alito children, and Judge Alito's mother Rose on this historic achievement and momentous day in the life of our country.

Judge Alito replaces Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Justice O'Connor was the first woman ever to sit on the Supreme Court, and she is one of the most admired Americans of our time, or any time. Our Nation is grateful to Justice O'Connor for her extraordinary and dedicated public service, and Laura and I wish her and John all the best.

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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 01/31/2006

Alito Sworn In

The Associated Press reports:

Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. was sworn in as the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice on Tuesday after being confirmed by the Senate in one of the most partisan victories in modern history.

Alito was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court building across from the Capitol at about 12:40 p.m. EST, court officials said.

Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann Bomgardner, along with other members of the court and their spouses, attended the ceremony in the justices' conference room. The 55-year-old New Jersey jurist took both the constitutional and judicial oaths so he can immediately participate in court decisions.

Alito will be ceremonially sworn in a second time at a White House East Room appearance on Wednesday.

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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/31/2006

Alito Confirmed

Samuel A. Alito Jr., has been confirmed as associate justice of the Supreme Court by a 58 to 42 vote.

Every Republican except Sen. Lincoln Chafee (D-RI) voted for confirmation.

Democrats voting for confirmation were Robert C. Byrd (W. Va.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Ben Nelson (Neb) and Tim Johnson (S.D.)

Independent Jeffords voted no

Roll Call below (There were some technical problems with the first roll call version, for which I apologize)

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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/31/2006

The Roberts Court

      The Senate is expected to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in a vote that begins at 11 a.m.    

       Alito replaces retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who joined the court in 1981.

      Alito is expected to be sworn in later today.

      Assuming Alito's confirmation, here is the new Supreme Court of the United States, in order of seniority:

      John Paul Stevens--Appointed by Gerald Ford. Confirmed on 12/17/75 by a vote of 98-0.

      Antonin Scalia--Appointed by Ronald Reagan. Confirmed 9/17/86 by a vote of 98-0.

      Anthony Kennedy--Appointed by Reagan. Cofnfirmed on 2/11/88 by a vote of 97-0.

      David H. Souter--Appointed by George H.W. Bush. Confirmed on 10/02/90 by a vote of 90-9.

      Clarence Thomas--Appointed by George H.W. Bush. Confirmed on 10/15/91 by a vote of 52-48.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg--Appointed by Bill Clinton. Confirmed 8/5/93 by a vote of 97-3.

      Stephen G. Breyer--Appointed by Clinton. Confirmed 8/2/94 by a vote of 87-9.

      John G. Roberts--Appointed Chief Justice by George W. Bush. Confirmed 9/29/05 by a 78-22.

      Samuel A. Alito--Appointed by Bush. Confirmed 1/31/06 by a 58-42 vote.

 

 

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Posted at 3:31 AM ET, 01/31/2006

Kennedy Seen as The Next Justice In Court's Middle--The Washington Post

By Charles Lane

"Alito's arrival...may turn the O'Connor Court into the Kennedy Court. If, as many expect, Alito forms a four-vote conservative bloc with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, that would leave Justice Anthony M. Kennedy -- a conservative who has occasionally voted with liberals on gay rights, the death penalty and abortion -- as the court's least predictable member."

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Posted at 3:29 AM ET, 01/31/2006

Senate to Vote On Alito Today-The Washington Post

By Charles Babington

"Republican senators, aided by 19 Democrats, cleared the path yesterday for Samuel A. Alito Jr. to join the Supreme Court and for President Bush to put his stamp firmly on the nine-member bench.

The Senate voted 72 to 25 to end debate on Alito's nomination and to allow a roll call on his confirmation today, shortly before noon. Alito's supporters garnered a dozen more votes than the 60 they needed to choke off a Democratic filibuster effort, which would have allowed debate to continue indefinitely.

Leaders of both parties said Alito, 55, will comfortably win confirmation today, although not by the 78 to 22 margin that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. received last fall."

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Posted at 6:12 PM ET, 01/30/2006

Roll Call of the Cloture Vote

The Associated Press tallied the 72-25 vote:

On this vote, a "yes" vote was a vote to end the debate and a "no" vote was a vote to filibuster the nomination.

Voting "yes" were 19 Democrats and 53 Republicans.

Voting "no" were 24 Democrats and one independent.!

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