Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Judge Alito and "One Person-One Vote."

This week I thought I'd go ahead and post links to a few different items I've seen in recent weeks about Judge Alito and his apparent stance on the "one-person, one-vote" doctrine. So far it's not really apparent what Judge Alito necessarily thinks about this doctrine, except that

[a]s widely reported, in a job application for a Justice Department position in the Reagan White House Alito wrote the following statement, "In college, I developed a deep interest in constitutional law, motivated in large part by disagreement with Warren Court decisions, particularly in the areas of criminal procedure, the Establishment Clause, and reapportionment."

(The above quote was taken from ACS Blog today.)

What I have not yet seen anywhere is any kind of discussion or speculation about what Judge Alito might have meant by the statement. As Election Law Blog has suggested, the statement, standing alone and with no other context, may or may not mean that Judge Alito is opposed to equal voting rights; it might mean just that he disagreed with the Warren Court's resolution of some of the cases, as has been the case with at least one prior Federal Court nominee who similarly criticized the reapportionment cases.

If you have thoughts, post them in the comments. If you have links to other articles on this particular subject (not just general pro or con Alito stuff), post that as well. Especially if you have any links to anything that explains what Judge Alito's stance might, more specifically, be.

***FOLLOWUP 12/1***
Apparently I wasn't the only one considering this issue. Yesterday Richard Hasen posted an article on findlaw considering this very topic. And apparently Senator Arlen Specter has advised Alito that he should be prepared to answer questions on this topic during his confirmation hearings.
***FOLLOWUP 12/1***


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