Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. emerged from his first full day of questioning Tuesday relatively unscathed. He defended his most controversial decisions and provided some broad generalities -- but few specifics -- about his judicial philosophy. Alito confirmed that a 1985 Justice Department job application, in which he wrote that there was no right to an abortion in the Constitution, accurately stated his viewpoint then on the subject, but demurred when asked whether he still held that view.
Senators Question Alito on Abortion, Stare Decisis, Executive Power
January 11, 2006