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December 29, 2005

Well, now the Alito nomination is in trouble...

In the wake of the Harriet Miers' nomination being brought down by conservatives, could the Sam Alito nomination be brought down by death row inmates?   I am inspired to ask this silly question by this article, entitled "Death Row Inmate Campaigns Against Alito's Nomination to Court."  Here is the introduction:

You might think Antuan "Tony" Bronshtein would be grateful to Judge Samuel A. Alito, President Bush's nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.  After all, Bronshtein, a convicted killer and Pennsylvania death row inmate, has a new lease on life, at least temporarily, thanks to Alito's controversial decision as a federal appeals judge to set aside Bronshtein's death sentence.

But he is not grateful.  Instead, Bronshtein is campaigning to block Alito's Supreme Court nomination.  In letters written from his prison cell to members of the U.S. Senate and the press, the Soviet-born convict argues that Alito violated established law, his own writings, and Bronshtein's civil rights — all to burnish his reputation as a hard line, pro-death penalty judge and improve his Supreme Court prospects.

Thanks for the link to How Appealing, where SCOTUS fans gearing up for the Alito hearings next month will find a lot of additional interesting articles here and here.  And, relatedly, this CNN.com discussion of Roberts work as Chief is intriguing.

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