February 16, 2006


Justice Alito Hires Trusted Conservatives (GINA HOLLAND, 2/15/06, The Associated Press)

Alito, 55, has surrounded himself with solid conservatives and loyalists _ all three clerked for him when he was an appeals court judge, dating back a decade.

Two of the new clerks, Jay Jorgensen and Hannah Smith, are previous Supreme Court clerks who traveled across the country as part of a public relations campaign on Alito's behalf last month.

The third, former Justice Department lawyer Adam Ciongoli, participated in so-called "murder boards," mock sessions that got Alito ready for his Senate confirmation hearings.

Earlier, Jorgensen was among the conservatives who raised questions about the credentials of Bush's early court nominee, Harriet Miers. When Miers withdrew in the face of conservative criticism, Bush turned to Alito. Jorgensen also prepared a paper for the Federalist Society on the nomination of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal member of the court.

"I think what's notable is that he's picked individuals who are so defined on the right ideologically. That tells us who Samuel Alito is," said Erwin Chemerinsky, a liberal Duke University law professor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2006 5:40 PM

This is news?

Posted by: erp at February 16, 2006 5:56 PM

Chemerinsky has become a frivolous dork.

Alito has kept two of O'Connor's clerks, and the new ones headlined in the article are short-term and/or half-time

Posted by: Steve at February 16, 2006 5:59 PM

Oh! And what conservative law clerks did Ruthie Ginsberg hire?

Posted by: obc at February 16, 2006 6:16 PM

I wonder if any of the Dems ever considered that their behavior might just move a fair man a tad off his center. Not really likely with someone of Alito's character (as attested to by everyone who ever worked with him), but I know I wouldn't expect any slack from someone I just called a bloodthirsty misogynistic monarchalling racist.

Posted by: ratbert at February 16, 2006 7:09 PM

It's payback, and you know what they say about payback.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 17, 2006 6:32 AM

I find this re-assuring.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 17, 2006 11:43 AM