Letter: Gatekeeper to the High Court

To the Editor:

Mark Joseph Stern’s piece on Justice Samuel Alito (“Justice Samuel Alito Has Proved Himself Supremely Churlish,” July 1) overlooks a little-known fact: the role of the Federalist Society as gatekeeper for Bush-era judicial nominations.

In 2001, the Bush White House announced that henceforth the Federalist Society would vet Supreme Court nominees. While the American Bar Association continued to weigh in, the nation’s judicial appointments became the exclusive preserve of a group whose common description is “rich libertarian.” While the nation’s press has focused on the fact that for the first time in its history there are no Protestants on the Supreme Court, there has been little mention that four of the justices are members of the Federalist Society. It is quite clear now that they promote an agenda that is detrimental to the United States.

Chuck Gregory

Springfield, Vt.


Column: Justice Samuel Alito Has Proved Himself Supremely Churlish

Thursday, June 27, 2013

After authoring a slew of 5-4 conservative opinions last week and helping to effectively kill the Voting Rights Act, Justice Samuel Alito should have been in a good mood. He wasn’t. Last Monday, a cranky Alito rolled his eyes, shook his head and looked at the ceiling — a jarring breach of court decorum — as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …