Friday, January 13, 2006
The brainbox and the blowhards
TED KENNEDY is deeply troubled by the ethics of the Supreme Court nominee. Between 2001 and 2006, Samuel Alito, who is currently an appeals court judge, accepted $7,684,423 in ÂdonationsÂ from special interests who perhaps wanted the law tweaked in their favour. That included $28,000 from defence contractors, $42,200 from drug firms and a whopping $745,373 from lawyers and law firms.
No, wait. Those are Senator Kennedy's conflicts of interestÂor, rather, a brief excerpt from a long list compiled by the Centre for Responsive Politics. The lapse for which the senator berated Mr Alito was considerably less clear-cut.
........Even a cursory look at his record shows that the sound-bite charges against Judge AlitoÂthat he doesn't think machineguns should be regulated, that he never sides with blacks alleging discriminationÂare simply untrue. His record on the bench is one of cautious rulings and scrupulous deference to precedent.
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