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2006-01-09 08:37:32

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush called on senators on Monday to give Judge Samuel Alito a fair and dignified hearing on his Supreme Court nomination, as his conservative nominee prepared to face tough questioning on his views. Lawmakers in both parties on the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to strongly challenge Bush's conservative nominee on his record and beliefs, which include personal opposition to abortion. Hours before Alito's...

2006-01-09 03:06:16

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal appeals judge Samuel Alito goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for what promises to be a bruising hearing on U.S. President George W. Bush's nomination of him to the Supreme Court. Barring an unforeseen bombshell, the 55-year-old conservative was expected to be confirmed by the full Republican-led Senate later this month, and possibly move the nation's highest court to the right on social issues. "This hearing will...

2006-01-08 09:10:00

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito begins his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, facing tough questions on matters from civil liberties and presidential war powers to his own opposition to abortion. With the direction of the nation's highest court at stake, lawmakers in both parties on the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to challenge President George W. Bush's conservative nominee on his legal record and beliefs. Yet barring an unforeseen...

2006-01-04 17:45:21

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way on Wednesday for the Bush administration to transfer "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from U.S. military custody to federal authorities in Florida to face criminal charges. The order reversed a ruling by a U.S. appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, that had rejected the Justice Department's request to approve Padilla's transfer while his appeal of his military detention remained pending before the Supreme...

2006-01-04 12:32:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Judge Samuel Alito, President George Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, was rated "well-qualified" on Wednesday by the American Bar Association, the top rating by the lawyers' group. Alito was given the rating unanimously by the ABA committee, with one recusal among the 15 members. Chief Justice John Roberts also received the top rating during his confirmation process in 2005, as did the two justices selected by then-President Bill Clinton, Stephen Breyer and...

2006-01-01 11:05:32

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In his first year-end report on the federal judiciary, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Sunday called for better court security to prevent violence and higher salaries to keep a diverse mix of judges on the bench. The 50-year-old conservative became chief of the Supreme Court in September, succeeding his mentor William Rehnquist, who died of thyroid cancer after serving on the high court for more than 30 years. "I recognize that it is a...

2005-12-13 18:59:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Republican who will preside over Judge Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation hearings next month asked him on Tuesday about the role of precedent in key aspects of criminal law and religious freedom of expression. While much of the public debate over Alito has focused on abortion, Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter, who chairs the Senate Judiciary committee, wrote to Alito urging him to be prepared during next month's hearings to discuss his...

2005-12-06 14:39:06

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Supreme Court justices expressed support on Tuesday for the U.S. government's position that universities that get federal funds must allow military recruiters on campus, even if the schools oppose the Pentagon's policy on gays and lesbians. The justices appeared likely to uphold a federal law dating back to 1994 that allows the government to withhold money from universities that deny military recruiters the same access to campuses...

2005-11-30 14:41:05

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court grappled with its first abortion case in five years on Wednesday, considering whether a parental notification law must provide an exception when the health of an abortion-seeking minor is at risk. Several justices seemed to search for some middle-ground solution to the case, the first abortion controversy to reach the court under its new chief justice, John Roberts. Abortion has been one of the court's most contentious...

2005-11-30 08:49:47

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court takes up its first abortion case in five years and returns to one of its most contentious issues on Wednesday when it considers a state law requiring notification of a parent before a minor can end her pregnancy. Arguments on the New Hampshire law will be the first abortion case for new Chief Justice John Roberts. It could give some indication whether he supports giving states more power to restrict abortions. Roberts,...


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