The well-handled U.S. Supreme Court nominee is now a fixture, and much of the credit -- or blame -- for that goes to so-called murder boards, or confirmation preparation sessions, which involve the participation of a diverse mix of attorneys. But that practice touched off some controversy during Judge Samuel Alito's judiciary committee hearings, when a senator asked about coaching from a White House lawyer.
Alito's 'Murder Board' a Mix of the Legal Elite
The National Law Journal
January 30, 2006