Samuel Alito split with conservatives in a death penalty case on his first full day on the Supreme Court. Handling his first high court case, Alito sided with five other justices Wednesday evening in refusing to allow Missouri to execute inmate Michael Taylor. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas supported lifting an execution stay issued by an appeals court, but Alito sided with the majority in turning down Missouri's last-minute request for a late-night execution.
Alito Splits Ranks With Conservatives in Missouri Death Penalty Case
The Associated Press
February 3, 2006